Staying up past your bedtime can have undesirable consequences for rugby players, as Cameron Munster of Melbourne and Cronulla’s Valentine Holmes received lengthy twelve-month State of Origin bans for failing to honour curfew over the weekend of the Emerging Maroon camp in Brisbane.
They still received their suppers, though.
Holmes appears to have been engaging in routine rugby player mischief and was dropped from Cronulla’s Nines squad. He is being investigated by the NRL’s Integrity Unit after Queensland police fined him on charges of creating a public nuisance and obstructing police during a Sunday morning spree.
Sources indicate, however, that in Munster’s case, he was being scapegoated when he was one of nine players guilty of the same curfew violation.
Holmes and Munster are not the first to suffer the wrath of QRL over the curfew infraction. Newcastle’s Dane Gagai suffered the same fate in 2014.
QRL Managing Director Robert Moore has essentially shut the door to considering an appeal of Munster’s ban, saying only that he would meet with Melbourne CEO Dave Donaghy soon to explain the matter in response to an email request from Donaghy.
Moore expressed support for Coach Kevin Walters, who has taken the reins from Mal Meninga, the implication being that Walters has no previous exposure to rugby player hijinks.