1 Oct 2008

White cleared and denies off-field rift rumours

7:08 am on 1 October 2008

The Melbourne Storm prop Brett White is free to play in Sunday's National Rugby League grand final after being cleared of elbowing Cronulla's Ben Ross during Friday night's preliminary final.

White was put on report and faced the prospect of missing the re-match with Manly if charged but the NRL found he had no case to answer.

And immediately after being cleared, White took the extraordinary step of denying claims of an off-field rift with Ross that has contributed to their on-field fireworks this season.

They were once St George Illawarra teammates and were rumoured to have fallen out over a woman.

White was banned for four weeks for punching Ross earlier this season, and they clashed again in the Storm's 28-0 preliminary final shutout.

But White says there's never been an off-the-field dispute.