17 Sep 2008

Broncos resist calls to stand by troubled trio

8:21 am on 17 September 2008

The besieged Brisbane Broncos have resisted pressure to stand down three of their star players who're under investigation over an alleged sexual assault in a Brisbane nightclub last weekend.

The NRL club have put on a united front amid speculation they could face a sponsorship backlash over the controversy.

Broncos and Queensland Origin stars Karmichael Hunt, Darius Boyd and Sam Thaiday have been named as the players questioned by police, but they've been included in the team for their crucial NRL finals clash against Melbourne in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Queensland's Police Minister Judy Spence, who's also the Sports Minister, has said the investigation could take weeks.

Four players have recently been sacked by Brisbane for alcohol-related incidents.