Brisbane Bronco Izaia Perese stood down by club over alleged drug offences

White also said the Broncos had made the NRL Integrity Unit aware of the issue and will work closely with them “moving forward”.


“We have discussed our course of action and the reasoning behind it with Izaia, and he understands the action we have taken,” White said. “We will review the matter as it moves through the legal process.”

In 2017, Izaia Perese was hailed by Michael Cheika for “killing it” in a Wallabies touring squad before shifting codes to the Redcliffe Dolphins en route to the Broncos ahead of the 2019 season.

“He’s killing it,” the Australian coach said at the time. “He’s in a very competitive position. I think he’s a guy who can defend in the midfield as well.

“He’s got that genuine pace; he’s got a great mindset and a great attitude. He’s coming along very nicely.”

An NRL spokesman said the Broncos advised the Integrity Unit of the arrest.

“The NRL Integrity Unit is working with the Brisbane Broncos on this matter,” he said.


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