News

Six Maroons players, including Ben Hunt, banned from Origin

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.
Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium. Bradley Kanaris

ROCKHAMPTON product Ben Hunt is among a group of eight players banned from representing Queensland in the 2016 State of Origin Series. 

QRL Managing Director Robert Moore today confirmed Maroons coach Kevin Walters had completed interviews with players who attended the Emerging Origin camp.

In addition to the sanctions issued to Valentine Holmes and Rockhampton product Cameron Munster on Monday, a further six players will be excluded from representative programs and Origin selection for the next 12 months.

The players are Anthony Milford, Jarrod Wallace, Ben Hunt, Dylan Napa, Edrick Lee and Chris Grevsmuhl.  

Moore explained the process that led to the final outcome.

"Our initial focus was on Valentine Holmes because of the involvement of the NRL Integrity Unit," Moore said.

"As we suspected, there were other players who broke curfew and we have now gone through a process of interviewing players. Due to pre-season commitments, we've only been able to finalise that today.

"To the players' credit, they've come forward and because of the importance we place on our QAS Emerging Origin program, they will receive the same sanction as Cameron Munster."

Moore said in light of the sanction imposed on Valentine Holmes by Cronulla and his ongoing commitment to working with the club's Welfare and Education team, the QRL would apply no further sanction in addition to his 12 month ban.

Topics:  ben hunt, maroons, queensland maroons, queensland state of origin, state of origin




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Rockhampton medical centre catches fire overnight

Fire generic

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

Larry the lizard abducted

Lucy Tempone and Cathy Muggeridge with Lizzy at Kallahra Child Care Centre.

Larry the lizard abducted

CQ woman broken but not beaten by crash

Joan Dodsworth was seriously injured in a ’horrendous’ car accident in Bungundarra.

Emergency services working the scene of a serious two-vehicle crash

Latest deals and offers

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Jay Leno in spectacular rollover

Car flips after wheelie stunt.

Jay Leno gets more than he expected when he rides along in a 2500 HP Barracuda.

John Oliver on Brexit

John Oliver tries to explain the Brexit result.

John Oliver explains the fallout from Brexit on Last Week Tonight.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%