NRL Statement on SMH Article

In response to inaccurate statements in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, the NRL makes the following points: <br><br> Mr Murrihy’s investigations into Melbourne Storm Wooden Spoon betting concluded two months ago on July 2 (not four months ago as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today). <br><br> The NRL discussed a number of issues arising from Mr Murrihy’s inquiries into Melbourne Storm Wooden Spoon betting and continues to examine options going forward. <br><br> There have been a number of subsequent meetings with Mr Murrihy and with key betting operators in the weeks since, as well as widely reported discussions with other codes as to the effectiveness of a joint approach in relation to gaming. <br><br> Within the same period, the NRL has also commissioned another significant investigation which is now in the hands of the NSW Police in relation to a second betting matter. <br><br> The NRL has had access to and has enlisted the support of external investigators, most notably Mr Murrihy, and is grateful for their assistance. <br><br> The NRL will continue to investigate the most effective ways forward and will continue to act in relation to incidents as it has done on every occasion. <br><br> At all times the NRL has ensured that it has access to persons who can assist with investigations where necessary and it will continue to do so as well as assessing the merits of all other options. <br><br> To suggest in any way that the NRL has ‘failed to act on betting warning’ is misleading.