The National Rugby League plunged further into turmoil yesterday with one player charged with high range drink driving and another involved in an alleged alcohol-fuelled incident at a Cronulla nightclub.
Less than a week after the NRL stood down Manly's Brett Stewart for four weeks for being drunk at the club launch, the Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend has been fined $10,000 for blowing more than twice the legal limit on Monday night.
And in a further embarrassment to the NRL, Cronulla confirmed it was investigating an incident involving an allegedly heavily intoxicated Brett Seymour outside a Cronulla nightclub on Sunday.
Seymour was sacked by Brisbane in late 2006 for inappropriate behaviour after allegations he head-butted a woman on the dance floor of a Brisbane hotel.
Manly's coach Des Hasler, still infuriated by Brett Stewart's suspension, has called for the NRL to maintain a tough stance on player behaviour involving alcohol.