Pub famous after Blues scandal
THE Kingscliff Beach Hotel has secured an infamous place in State of Origin history by being the venue where Blues assistant coach Andrew Johns made a racist remark, which led to winger Timana Tahu quitting the team.
The Blues have been staying and training at Kingscliff ahead of Wednesday's Origin II at Brisbane and a bonding session at the quiet watering hole has developed into a full-blown scandal.
When Tahu overheard a remark Johns made about Queensland's Aboriginal centre Greg Inglis to Blues centre Beau Scott on Wednesday night, Tahu was so angry he left the Gold Coast. Johns later resigned as assistant coach.
Hotel licensee Chris Watson said he mingled with the players all night and got no indication anything had gone wrong.
“No one would have known a thing. There was no feeling anything happened on the night,” Mr Watson said.
He said the Blues backs had started the night at the Chinderah Tavern, before meeting the forwards at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel about 9pm.
Mr Watson said the players were having some good, light-hearted fun. They were signing autographs for the patrons and playing pool.
“There was no stupidity,” Mr Watson said.
“I couldn't say a bad word about them.”