Rising NRL star is covered in blood and needs stitches after the year-end festivities take a dangerous turn
- NRL players Tom Flegler and Jordan Riki were playfully wrestling last Wednesday
- Brisbane Broncos rising star Riki, 22, then ended up with a cut over his eye
- Riki was covered in blood and also needed stitches after the incident
- The couple reconciled the next day and it is expected that they will both escape any sanction
A rising NRL star was left caked under blood and had to be stitched up after a season-end stitching session turned sour.
Brisbane Broncos attackers Tom Flegler, 22, and Jordan Riki, 21, are said to be wrestling playfully, before the antics kicked up a gear last Wednesday night, leaving Riki fuming.
The courier post reported Flegler objected to Riki’s brash attitude, as the situation in the Sunshine State quickly threatened to escalate.
“We were out last Wednesday night and had a struggle that went a bit wrong and Jordan ended up with a cut over his eye,” Flegler said.
“We went our separate ways that night and I called him the next day to find out. It was stupid and I apologized.’
NRL star Tom Flegler apologized to Brisbane Broncos teammate Jordan Riki after a playful tussle between the pair turned sour
Jordan Riki would be ‘skylarking’ which infuriated Flegler – Riki was then left covered in blood and had to be stitched up
Riki confirmed that the teammates, two of the better performing Broncos this year in yet another season to forget at Red Hill, were now “absolutely sweet”.
“Tom contacted me the next day and we talked about what had happened,” he said.
“I appreciated him being up front and getting in touch and we’re both looking forward to a short break now.”
Broncos coach Kevin Walters, CEO Dave Donaghy and head of football Ben Ikin reminded the couple what is culturally expected of them at all times after the incident.
It is clear that the pair will not be sanctioned by the club, who are confident the matter has since been resolved.
Though it’s considered a relatively minor incident, the richest club in the NRL doesn’t need to feel bad among the playing group as they want to be a legitimate candidate for premiership again in 2022 and beyond.
Flegler went on to represent Queensland in game three of the State of Origin series this year after a slow start to the year.
Riki has since undergone end-of-season shoulder surgery.
Earlier this month, the NRL warned that incidents off the pitch will not be tolerated.
“We want to make sure we maintain our discipline and make sure we don’t have any issues that worry us,” said NRL CEO Andrew Abdo.
“We don’t want to be in a position where we read about incidents that happen.”
A remorseful Flegler reached out and apologized to his Broncos teammate Riki the day after the incident
Jordan Riki made his NRL debut for the Broncos in 2020 and the club has high hopes for him in the coming years