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Statement – South Sydney Investigation

The Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) can provide the following statement relating to South Sydney’s investigation into a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct:

“The RLPA acknowledge and support South Sydney’s finding that no player breached their NRL Playing Contract, the NRL Rules or the SSFC Code of Conduct,” said an RLPA spokesperson.

“We also commend the club on the thorough review that it undertook and the expert panel that oversaw the process.

“We were disappointed by the decision to publish certain images in this case and some of the public commentary before all of the circumstances were known, particularly given the sensitive nature of the allegations.

“We also have concerns about the public disclosure of confidential information during the investigation – that is unacceptable.

“Regardless of the nature of the investigation, fair process demands that confidentiality is maintained, and that all parties and the process itself are respected.

“When information is leaked, or people jump to conclusions, it can be extremely damaging not only for the individuals involved, but the game of Rugby League as a whole. There is no integrity in such actions.

“We will continue working with all of the relevant parties to address these concerns.”