Warriors players apologise after drug scandal


A group of six New Zealand Warriors players have apologised after it emerged they mixed prescription drugs with energy drinks on a night out.

Konrad Hurrell, Sam Lisone and Albert Vete were stood down for the Warriors 26-10 win over St. George Illawarra Dragons on May 1 after breaching team standards.

Their fate was shared by Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson and Manu Vatuvei, who were also left out of the New Zealand squad for last Friday's Test match against Australia on advice from their club.

Vatuvei was granted medical leave by the club last Tuesday but has now returned to training, restoring the team to their full compliment.

The six players have apologised for the embarrassment caused and offered thanks for the support received.

"We're sorry for the embarrassment we've caused everyone who works for and supports the club," the players said in a joint statement.

"We didn't meet club standards and know how much we have disappointed our families, team-mates, staff, sponsors, members and fans. Most of all, we let ourselves down.

"We have a lot of work to do to regain respect from those around us but we are fully committed to showing them how much they mean to us and how much we care for our club.

"We'd like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last week, especially the people at the club. Now we just want to look ahead and do all we can to help our team and the club."