League bad boys Ferguson and Dugan up to no good again
IT took just a few hours for former Canberra bad boys Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson to make the headlines for the wrong reason after being re-united for Origin II by Blues coach Laurie Daley.
Dugan was sacked by the Raiders earlier this season after a drinking session with Ferguson on the roof of a house in Canberra, an incident that also saw Ferguson suspended, fined $10,000 and ordered to undergo counselling.
Ferguson, who played on the wing in Origin I, was thrilled when Dugan, who has been in excellent form for the Dragons, was called up by Daley on Sunday to replace injured fullback Jarryd Hayne, tweeting: "Congrats to big joshy Dugan very happy for you bra :) @Josh_Dugan #wereback".
But Daley, New South Wales officials and the NRL were in damage control yesterday after police confirmed they were investigating allegations of indecent assault against Ferguson.
The alleged incident happened about 10.30pm on Sunday night when Ferguson and Dugan were drinking at the 2230 Restaurant and Bar in Cronulla.
Ferguson was interviewed by police and released without charge, pending a review of CCTV footage and an appeal for witnesses.
Daley later read a prepared statement to reporters: "We have been made aware of an allegation and have been in contact with the NRL's integrity unit.
"We will continue to cooperate with the police investigation.
"Josh Dugan was with Blake at the time, but there has been no allegations made against (Dugan) and we will update you as the matter continues".
Blues officials also released a statement which read: "NSW team management has been made aware of an alleged incident involving Blake Ferguson last night prior to his arrival in the NSW Origin camp today.
"NSW team management is treating the matter seriously and will continue to work with the NRL Integrity Unit, the Raiders and the police to determine exactly what has happened."