Injury scare sent through camp as training begins for first clash.
The saga that has been Ben Te’o’s life has taken another turn for the worst with the South Sydney backrower leaving Maroons training with ice strapped to his hamstring.
However, Maroons officials believed it was not a serious injury and the ice was used as a precaution, as the build-up for the Maroons to next Wednesday’s game continues to be filled with distractions.
Te’o was excused from training for much of the morning to attend Ferny Grove police station where he was questioned for three hours regarding the alleged assault against Katie Lewis.
After coming forward a month after claiming she was attacked by the Rabbtiohs star, Lewis this week gave a formal statement giving her version of events.
As a result of the increased police involvement with the matter, the NRL is halting its own investigation into the matter.
“The NRL’s primary concern has been to ensure that this matter is fully and independently investigated,” NRL Chief Operating Officer Jim Doyle said.
“Given that the police are assuming that responsibility it is important that we step back for the moment and let them undertake that role.”
In mixed news for Queensland winger Darius Boyd, he is expected to play in the first State of Origin clash against New South Wales, after overcoming a bruised ankle.
Boyd came through a session on Wednesday this well enough for coach Mal Meninga to include him in a team-training session later that day.
However, Boyd’s preparation could also be interrupted by a visit to police regarding the assault against Lewis, with the Newcastle fullback to be questioned as a witness as he was present at Brisbane star Corey Norman’s house where the incident took place.