Maroons to 'wait and see' on Will Chambers allegations
QUEENSLAND is likely to adopt and wait-and-see approach with Will Chambers as police carry out formal investigations into assault allegation made by a 24-year-old Brisbane man over a hat in a Brisbane backpacker's bar in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The Queensland team prepared for last year's Origin series as police carried out widespread investigations into allegations by a Brisbane woman that she had been assaulted by South Sydney star Ben Te'o at the home of then Brisbane player Corey Norman.
Te'o, who continued to train and played for Queensland during the series, denied the allegations.
He was not charged after police concluded their exhaustive investigations.
Eye witnesses said police pulled Chambers from a taxi outside the inner city bar to question him about a disturbance in the early hours of Wednesday morning - the same backpackers establishment Queensland coach Mal Meninga was asked to leave after walking behind the bar during the build up to last year's Origin series.
Chambers, who was named on Tuesday to make his Origin debut for injured winger Brent Tate, had been drinking with several of his teammates, including Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Aidan Guerra just before the incident.
The man spent five hours with police yesterday giving his statement and making a formal complaint against Chambers.
He told them Chambers shoved him hard on to his back after he had grabbed a hat from the Melbourne Storm player which he understood belonged to his girlfriend's friend.
A scuffle then broke out, with the man telling police Slater had done his best to pull people and nightclub security apart.
Chambers declined to comment on the incident when the team left Brisbane for the Gold Coast camp at Sanctuary Cover on the Gold Coast to prepare for Wednesday night's third State of Origin clash with NSW which has already secured the series with close wins in the first two games.
Meninga is understood to have spoken to police yesterday about the incident.
The coach took a tough stance when he sent Newcastle centre Dane Gagai packing from an emerging Origin camp earlier this year for missing a training session after a big night out on the town.
Ironically, Gagai is the player most likely to replace Chambers if he is stood down.
The Queensland Rugby League said yesterday it was aware of the police investigation but would not be commenting in the matter.
The NRL's Integrity Unit said it had been informed by the QRL of the incident and the police investigation