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Italian players fight each other in Cairns bar

Two players in Italy’s World Cup squad are part of an internal review after they allegedly clashed in a bar in Cairns.

Italy were beaten convincingly by Ireland 36-12 in their opening group game and the unnamed pair are believed to have come together following the defeat.

Tournament organisers are aware of the incident which has been referred to the integrity unit for investigation.

The Federazione Italiana Rugby League statement reads: “It has been reported in social media and news that two members from the Italian Rugby League World Cup squad were involved in an altercation on Sunday, 29 October at an establishment in Cairns.

“FIRL understands the importance of ensuring that players are not to engage in conduct that is detrimental or damaging to rugby league or the Rugby League World Cup.

“Both players involved understand their obligations to the Rugby League World Cup and the acceptable behaviour in public.”

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