Rugby League stars too scared to drink after dark

WITH the fallout continuing over an alleged nightclub assault involving Queensland State of Origin rookie Will Chambers, Maroons team-mate Nate Myles has revealed some rugby league stars are refusing to go out in public for a drink after dark.

Police were yesterday continuing to investigate a formal common assault complaint made by 24 year-old Tristan Furniss against Chambers after a fracas in the Down Under Bar in inner-city Brisbane in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Myles, who carries some alcohol-related baggage of his own, revealed at the team's Gold Coast camp at Sanctuary Cove that more and more rugby league players were becoming sick of being targeted while out drinking in public by people who wanted to big-note themselves, or cause a scene.

"There are no excuses, but there's no doubt that for some people, there's an incentive to target someone," said the Titans forward, who has turned his life around since moving from Sydney to the Gold Coast. "I know a few blokes who are already on that bandwagon. They play it safe by taking out the uncontrollables, and to their credit it works for them."

Chambers has not commented publicly on the incident, but there have been calls from critics saying Queensland coach Mal Meninga should stand the Storm centre down, especially in light of comments Meninga made prior to this year's series.

In what appeared to be a direct dig at then-incumbent NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce, Meninga said he was "thankful that the players in the Queensland side put the game first".

The Queensland Rugby League was yet to make any official comment on the Chambers incident late yesterday.

The 26-year-old is still on target to make his Origin debut in game three on Wednesday night unless police lay charges.



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