The Rugby Football League has launched an investigation following allegations that at least one member of the England team was involved in a fight at the host team’s hotel after their World Cup semi-final defeat.
England were beaten by Samoa in dramatic circumstances in London on Saturday, and while most of the team left their Manchester base after that defeat, several members, including players from the Australia-based squad, remained at the team hotel in Worsley. . Reports have since emerged from Australia that a member of the team was involved in a fight on Sunday night.
The RFL did not confirm the identity of any of the people involved, but did confirm that an investigation has been launched. “The RFL has been made aware of the allegations and is currently investigating the matter,” a spokesman for the governing body said.
World Cup officials also confirmed that they had received a complaint. “Rugby League World Cup is aware of the reported incidents and is in discussions with the respective parties to establish the circumstances,” a tournament spokesperson said. “There will be no further comment at this time.”
Samoa, who will play in the final for the first time when they face Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday, had moved into the team hotel England had been using after their victory at the Emirates Stadium. They were believed to have been at the hotel when the incident occurred.
Samoa won the dramatic semi-final 27-26 at the golden point of extra time thanks to Stephen Crichton’s drop. England returned to their hotel in Manchester before most of the players left for their off-season breaks, but the reported melee has now further overshadowed England’s disappointing outing.