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Sharks chairman, Kiwis in drug incidents

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/05/2017

The NRL has been plunged into a cocaine scandal during its representative round, with a club chairman and three players involved in three separate incidents.

Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh has stood down after his arrest on Friday night for alleged drug possession, while Kiwis captain Jesse Bromwich and teammate Kevin Proctor were also reportedly spotted consuming the substance in Canberra after their Test loss to Australia.

The incident involving Bromwich and Proctor has been reported to the NRL Integrity Unit.

They come after Kiwis and Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall was also charged over drug possession in Sydney on Thursday night, also believed to have involved cocaine.

Bromwich and Proctor's names were reportedly mentioned in a court case in Canberra on Saturday morning, according to the ABC.

Police allege that CCTV footage shows a man preparing a white powder on his phone, before handing it to a pair of men who consumed it outside a Canberra night spot.

No charges have been laid against either player.

NZRL chief executive Alex Hayton said he knew nothing other than what has been reported in the media and hasn't had a chance to talk with either Bromwich or Proctor as they are in transit back to their clubs.

"We are working with the NRL to understand all the circumstances and get the full facts of the situation," Hayton told Newstalk ZB.

"If the allegations are proven, we will be taking action to address the matter with the players.

"It's a Kiwis issue but there are also implications back at their NRL clubs."

Bromwich is one of the best forwards in the game, having forged a successful career at the Melbourne Storm.

Proctor is a former Storm team-mate of Bromwich but this season shifted to the Gold Coast Titans, where he is a co-captain.

Keogh was arrested in Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo on Friday night.

A small resealable bag containing a quantity of white powder believed to be cocaine was allegedly found during the search.

He is due to face Downing Centre Local Court on June 30, and was in distressed state on Saturday morning, according to Cronulla chief executive Lyall Gorman.

"He expressed great remorse to me that he had let me down personally," Gorman told reporters.

"He's very distressed and disappointed about potential outcomes on the game and the club."

Gorman was also forced to defend allegations of a drug problem at the club after superstar fullback Ben Barba also departed at the end of last season after testing positive for a second time to cocaine.

"I don't believe it is endemic at all," Gorman said.

"If something like these allegations or other behavioural issues are endemic, you don't achieve what our club has achieved over the past two-and-a-half years on and off the field."

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said on Saturday they were waiting on further information from the Sharks on Keogh.

Keogh, a former Australian basketball star who made three Olympic Games teams, took over at the Sharks during the supplements scandal in 2013.

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