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'No I'm not going to answer any further' - Fired up Rabbitohs coach shuts down reporter, responds to lewd video claims

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold admits being blindsided by the club's investigation into a lewd video scandal that has rocked their NRL finals series.

One day before their NRL semi-final against St George Illawarra, the Rabbitohs are looking into accusations two stars exposed their private parts without consent in a video chat in May.

News Corp Australia reported a 23-year-old woman emailed the club about the incident in May following the club's win over the Warriors in New Zealand.

But Seibold said he was only informed about the situation on Thursday, while the NRL were only made aware this week.

"I was briefed on the story yesterday and the accusations yesterday. Obviously the club's just put out a statement this morning, which I've just been briefed on," Seibold said on Friday.

"Our club treat the accusations seriously, as do the NRL integrity unit. In consultation between the integrity unit and the club, my understanding is our investigation's ongoing."

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NRL Premiership rugby league. Vodafone Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 26 May 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
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The report said the woman emailed the club the day after the alleged incident as a "funny" FaceTime chat became explicit, leaving her feeling "violated and disgusted".

The woman is believed to own screen shots of one player pulling down his pants to expose his genitals, while the other showed his backside.

After a club spokesperson replied assuring the woman the matter was being taken "seriously", she decided to go public after follow-up emails to South Sydney went unreturned.

There are suggestions the initial email was anonymous, while follow-up correspondence were inadvertently tagged as spam.

Seibold confirmed independent contractors are investigating the email trail, while the club said on Thursday it had only received the woman's contact details on Thursday.

They have since attempted to make contact.

Seibold was irked after being asked by journalists to comment on his thoughts of his players' actions, threatening to walk away from the press conference.

"No I am not going to answer any further there, they are accusations at the moment," said Seibold.

"I said I'm not going to make any comment if we continue down this root I am going to walk away.

"I am not obliged to talk about that this morning, I'm obliged to talk about the game tomorrow night and that's what I am going to talk about going forward."

Seibold said he hadn't seen any photos and was unsure about the players' mindset as he had yet to address the group about the matter.

"It's a little bit of chaos thrown in front of us," Seibold said.

"We've got the players in here this morning. We've got our last practice just before a semi-final game.

"It's not ideal that these accusations come out and they're front page news. It's not what anybody wants. It's not what I want. It's not what our game needs or wants either."

Seibold believed the club has acted professionally over the incident.

"I think the club has handled it professionally from what I've seen and what I've been briefed on. It's never ideal to hear something like this" he said.

"It's been a really positive year for the Rabbitohs on and off the field. I'd rather be talking about the game tomorrow night. I appreciate the interest from the wider community around this."

The NRL have been contacted for comment.

Coach Anthony Seibold was briefed on the allegations yesterday, admitting it was an off-field distraction ahead of his side’s match against the Dragons. Source: Nine


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'It's not what our game needs' - NRL and Rabbitohs vow to investigate lewd Auckland video chat claims

South Sydney have been plunged into a lewd video chat scandal on the eve of their semi-final against St George Illawarra, with the salacious claims referred to the NRL's Integrity Unit.

The Rabbitohs have enlisted the NRL to probe accusations published in the Daily Telegraph that two high-profile players exposed their private parts without consent in a video chat call with a woman on May 26.

"The South Sydney Rabbitohs will investigate claims in today's media regarding alleged player behaviour in May this year," a club statement said.

"A thorough investigation will be undertaken in conjunction, and in close co- operation, with the NRL's Integrity Unit."

The 23-year-old woman emailed the NRL club the day after the alleged incident as a "funny" FaceTime chat became explicit, leaving her feeling "violated and disgusted".

It is alleged one player pulled down his pants to expose his genitals while the other showed his backside.

The woman reportedly has screen shots of the stars engaging in the lewd act.

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NRL Premiership rugby league. Vodafone Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 26 May 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
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After a club spokeswoman replied assuring the woman the matter was being taken "seriously", she decided to go public after follow-up emails to South Sydney went unreturned.

Coach Anthony Seibold was briefed on the allegations on Thursday afternoon, admitting it was an off-field distraction in the lead-up to Saturday night's must-win clash at ANZ Stadium.

"It's a little bit of chaos thrown in front of us," Seibold told reporters.

"We've got the players in here this morning. We've got our last practice just before a semi-final game.

"It's not ideal that these accusations come out and they're front page news. It's not what anybody wants. It's not what I want. It's not what our game needs or wants either."

The Rabbitohs are attempting to reach out to the woman.

"Since receiving contact details last night for the female involved, Rabbitohs officials have attempted to make contact via phone and email," the statement said.

"The Rabbitohs take any allegations of player misbehaviour very seriously."

The club believes the emails may have inadvertently been tagged as spam and has hired an independent contractor to confirm the theory, a spokeswoman said.

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Rabbitohs under fire as woman claims players exposed themselves in Auckland video chat following Warriors win

The Rabbitohs have come under fire on the eve of their NRL semi-finals match against the Dragons, with a woman accusing several players of exposing themselves during a Facebook video chat.

The Daily Telegraph reports that South Sydney team are investigating an email the 23-year-old sent on May 27, a day after the incident in which she said an initially "funny" FaceTime chat with players turned explicit and left her "violated and disgusted".

Players had been celebrating their 12th round 30-10 win over the Warriors in Auckland, with the woman taking screenshots of a South Sydney player showing his genitals and another revealing his backside.

The woman claims that one player called her repeatedly days after the incident, after she made it clear she wanted to be left alone.

She reportedly got in contact with the club on June 1 about the issue, but she said she received no return call or contact from South Sydney.

After repeated emails and no response, she opted to go to the Sydney Telegraph.

A Rabbitohs club spokesman confirmed that the woman's email was received by the club's football operations manager Brock Schafer on June 1.

But follow-up emails from the woman on June 5 and August 31 were never responded to.

The spokesman said the woman's emails were recognised as spam mail by the club's mail server - a conclusion supported by an independent contractor's investigation of the club's email system.

The Daily Telegraph has chosen not to name the players involved in the matter.

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NRL Premiership rugby league. Vodafone Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 26 May 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
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'I was too short' - Warriors women star Louisa Gago’s journey from netball to league

Warriors lock Louisa Gago's decision to turn her back on netball in high school has proven to be the right call, finding her niche in the women’s NRL competition.

The 24-year-old had the dream of playing netball at higher levels in her teens, but admitted her stature proved to be a problem.

"I was playing netball in fifth form and sixth form, I was trying to make the A team," said Gago.

"But couldn't make it because I was too short, I got sick of playing in the B team and when I was 18 I thought I might as well try league."

Gago scored the what turned out to be the Warriors’ winning try in their first round 10-4 victory over the Sydney Roosters.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Warriors players pose for a photo after victory during the round one of the women's NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Warriors players pose for a photo after victory during the round one of the women's NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium. Source: Getty

She ran a perfect line off her skipper Laura Mariu to blitz through the Roosters’ defence and cross over the white line last Saturday at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Returning to the same venue to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday, Gago said her side won’t be taking their opponents lightly.

Despite the Dragons 30-4 first-round thumping by the Brisbane Broncos.

"It will still be a tough game, those Aussie girls are pretty fit," she said.

Playing for the Manurewa Marlins at club level in Auckland, Gago revealed to 1 NEWS that stepping foot on the ANZ Stadium pitch was a huge moment.

"It was a dream to play at ANZ Stadium, I've grown up watching the big NRL teams and the finals played there," she said.

"I got pretty emotional when we had a little walk around the field before we played."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Alice Vailea of the Warriors celebrates victory during the round one of the women's NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Alice Vailea of the Warriors celebrates victory during the round one of the women's NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium. Source: Getty

Warriors coach Luisa Avaiki says their opponents St George Illawarra will have a point to prove come Saturday.

"We're expecting that they will come out firing," said Avaiki.

"Every week is a grand final for us, so we have to go in with that attitude.

"Otherwise we can get caught sleeping if we don’t go in with that mindset."

The 24-year-old made the switch when she was high school and was a standout in the Warriors' 10-4 win over the Sydney Roosters. Source: 1 NEWS