State of Origin: Phil Rothfield discusses a
drinking session by Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson
in Blues camp.
BLAKE Ferguson and Josh Dugan were still so drunk the
day after an eight-hour alcohol-fuelled bender during NSW
Blues camp before Origin III team staff hid them from the
media, Ray Hadley has revealed.
Speaking on his 2GB radio morning show today Hadley shed more
light on a Blues camp in utter chaos, which also included a
journalist’s car being vandalised during the camp before game
The NRL commentator expanded on the story in today’s Daily Telegraph about Dugan and Ferguson’s trip
to Lennox Point Hotel on the Friday before the Origin
“What players do on a day off is up to them but I wouldn’t
think it is very responsible going to a pub and getting on the
drink,” Hadley said.
“Reports I get out of Kingscliff [say] either one or the two
were so affected by alcohol the next day the team management —
instead of sanctioning the players — actually hid them from
“(NSW Rugby League CEO) Dave Trodden is today saying he heard
rumours but they weren’t rumours — everyone knows they were on
the drink and hidden from media the next day.”
Hadley also revealed a journalist covering the Blues’ Origin
III preparations had their car vandalised and players believed
someone within the NSW camp was responsible.
“A journalist’s car was vandalised and graffitied in the lead
up to the game. His name and other names were written on the
car in quite a derogatory manner,” Hadley claimed.
“Players were speculating they knew who did it because someone
was arcing up about the aforementioned journalist and that they
‘needed to be dealt with’.
“We’ll never know though because there was no CCTV in the car
News of Dugan and Ferguson’s bender as well as the vandalism
follow reports last week Dave Klemmer was meant to start the decider in
place of Andrew Fifita before Fifita blew up at coaching
staff who relented and allowed the Sharks prop to begin the
Hadley said NSW’s Origin set-up needed to be overhauled from
the top down, including a clean-out of players, staff and
“We can’t have the lunatics running the asylum which is what we
have now,” Hadley said.
“Yesterday I said it was time for coach Laurie Daley to go.
He’s a nice fella but his time as come.
“They need to install a coach that won’t put up with this
“I’m putting my money behind Dean Pay — a tough as teak front
rower who played for his state and his country. He wouldn’t be
putting up with that kind of nonsense.
“What has to happen if NSW are to have any success against this
Queensland team is they need someone like Dean Pay who can take
control and say ‘OK you mugs I’m in charge not you. If you want
to get on the drink or argue about things then you won’t be in
Hadley finished off his spray by calling for NSWRL to dock
Dugan and Ferguson their $30,000 match fees for Origin III.
“People like that aren’t entitled to be part of stat or origin
and they should be shown the door,” Hadley said.
Originally published as
NSW accused of hiding drunk players