Rising NRL star is left covered in blood and in need of stitches after end of season celebrations took 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 above his eye
- Riki was covered and blood and also required stitches following the incident
- The pair reconciled the next day, and are both expected to escape any sanction
A rising NRL star was left caked in blood and required stitches after an end of season bonding session turned sour.
Brisbane Broncos forwards Tom Flegler, 22, and Jordan Riki, 21, were said to be playfully wrestling, before the antics turned a notch last Wednesday night, leaving Riki fuming.
The Courier Mail reported Flegler took exception to Riki’s brash demeanour, as the situation threatened to rapidly escalate in the Sunshine State.
‘We were out last Wednesday night and got in a wrestle that went a little wrong and Jordan ended up with a cut above his eye,’ Flegler said.
‘We went our separate ways that night and I gave him a call the next day to sort it out. It was silly and I apologised.’
NRL star Tom Flegler apologised to Brisbane Broncos teammate Jordan Riki after a playful wrestle between the pair turned sour
Jordan Riki was said to be ‘skylarking’ which incensed Flegler – Riki was then left covered in blood and required stitches
Riki confirmed the teammates, two of the better performing Broncos this year in another season to forget at Red Hill, were now ‘absolutely sweet.’
‘Tom reached out to me the next day and we spoke about what happened,’ he said.
‘I appreciated him being up front and getting in contact and we are both now looking forward to a bit of a break.’
Broncos coach Kevin Walters, CEO Dave Donaghy and head-of-football Ben Ikin reminded the pair about what is expected of them culturally at all times following the incident.
It is understood the pair will not be sanctioned by the club, who are confident the matter has since been resolved.
While deemed a relatively minor incident, the wealthiest club in the NRL don’t need any ill feeling between the playing group as they seek to again be a legitimate premiership contender in 2022 and beyond.
Flegler went onto represent Queensland this year in game three of the State of Origin series after a slow start to the year.
Riki has since undergone end of season shoulder surgery.
Earlier this month, the NRL warned off-field incidents wouldn’t be tolerated.
‘We want to make sure we maintain our discipline, and make sure we have no issues that concern us,’ NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.
‘We don’t want to be in a position where we are reading about any incidents that are occurring.’
A remorseful Flegler reached out and apologised to his Broncos teammate Riki the day after the incident
Jordan Riki made his NRL debut for the Broncos in 2020 and the club have high hopes for him over the next few years