NRL: Brown confident Panthers are clean

Former Warrior Lewis Brown. Photo / Getty Images
Former Warrior Lewis Brown. Photo / Getty Images

The Penrith Panthers have arrived in New Zealand confident they're a clean club.

The Panthers play the Warriors in a trial match in Hamilton on Saturday night having been named as one of the NRL clubs in the Australian Crime Commission Report.

New Penrith second rower Lewis Brown says the team hasn't even talked about it.

"It's nothing to do with us. I know that we're a clean bunch of blokes at Penrith and we'll just leave it to the other people in the higher places to deal with that. That's not really something I can comment on and it's out of my hands.''

Brown played 84 matches for the Warriors between 2009 and 2012 before joining Penrith in the off season.

Along with the Panthers, the Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders, North Queensland Cowboys, Manly Sea Eagles and Cronulla Sharks all had contact with the NRL at the start of the week confirming they were part of the ACC investigation.

Today the TAustralian Sports Anti-Doping Agency announced they will interview about 150 athletes, support staff and administrators over the findings of the damning crime commission report.

ASADA said in a statement Thursday that the interviews would involve two major Australian sporting codes, widely reported to be the National Rugby League competition and the Australian rules Australian Football League.

The doping agency says the number of interviews may grow if "new lines of inquiry'' are uncovered.

Penrith boss Phil Gould said on Tuesday he hadn't been provided with any details on how the NRL club is implicated in the investigation.

Gould said he would seek more information as a matter of priority, so the Panthers can clear the air over how they are involved.

The outspoken rugby league commentator and administrator has been critical of the ACC for being vague in their handling of the matter since handing down the report last Thursday.

"Last night ARL Commissioner David Smith called to inform me that the Panthers club has been 'implicated or referred to' in the Australian Crime Commission Report,'' Gould said in a statement.

"At this stage, that is all the information David was permitted to relay to us. No other details are available at this time.

"As we have stated previously, Panthers welcomes the opportunity to assist in any enquiry or investigation and we look forward to a speedy resolution to this matter, both for our club and the code of rugby league.

"We will do our best to keep our sponsors, members and fans informed as more details come to hand.''

- Newstalk ZB/AAP

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