Queensland forward Nate Myles says the Maroons haven’t even discussed assault allegations against Will Chambers and are preparing as normal for Origin III.
The assault allegation against Queensland’s Will Chambers hasn’t even been discussed by his State of Origin teammates, according to Nate Myles.
The Maroons’ front-rower, himself no stranger to dealing with an off-field issue, believes claims Chambers pushed a man to the ground during a night out in Brisbane’s CBD is a matter for the authorities to look into – not the players.
Tristan Furniss, 24, has made a formal complaint against Chambers and was questioned at length on Wednesday by police following the incident at the Down Under Bar.
Police media told AAP on Thursday morning the investigation was still open and no formal charges had been laid against Chambers.
Myles remains hopeful the situation won’t affect preparations as the Maroons try to avoid a series whitewash in next week’s Origin finale in Brisbane.
“It’s not the first time we’ve had distractions in camp and, as a team, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” he said.
“None of the boys have really been affected by it. To be honest, we haven’t even spoken about it.
“That’s a process, in regards to that situation, that we’re not involved with.”
NSW star Greg Bird has joined the growing chorus of people highlighting Queensland coach Mal Meninga’s comments pre-Origin I about Mitchell Pearce.
The Sydney Roosters’ star was arrested in May during a night out in Sydney’s King’s Cross and subsequently overlooked by NSW coach Laurie Daley for the series opener.
Meninga at the time claimed Queensland players would never jeopardise their position in the team with poor off-field behaviour.
Many are now claiming he needs to dump Chambers despite not being charged by police.
Myles says there’s no doubt it’s a tough situation for Chambers as he tries to prepare for his Origin debut.
“If it wasn’t enough for him getting ready for his first game, now it’s a test of getting ready with another thing out there,” Myles said.
“Will’s a great bloke and his footy’s been doing enough to get him in the side. I know he’s going to be alright. He’s just got to come out here, train hard and play better on the night.”