New Zealand Warriors coach Andrew McFadden is confident his side will overcome the distraction of centre Konrad Hurrell's sex video as they build up to their clash with Canberra.
The NRL integrity unit is investigating the video, which depicts 22-year-old Hurrell engaged in a sex act in a car. Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakely, 39, has confirmed she is the woman in the short clip, which surfaced briefly on the internet on Sunday before being taken down.
On Tuesday, Hurrell was named in the centres in the Warriors team to host Canberra at Eden Park on Saturday.
''We've dealt with a lot of distractions over the last few months,'' said McFadden, who took over as coach after the departure of Matthew Elliott five weeks into the new season. ''We'll get through it. It's an internal matter. There's an ongoing investigation, and we'll just leave it in the hands of the NRL and senior management.''
McFadden said the Tonga international had trained well on Tuesday. ''It's probably embarrassing for Konrad, but we all make mistakes, and he's made one and he will have to live with the consequences of that,'' he said. ''In terms of having any impact on the rest of the team, I don't think that should happen.''
Teammate Ben Henry said the incident served as a reminder to players about their actions. ''There are certain traps, and I think 'Koni' has learnt from that,'' he said. As for how Hurrell had coped with the fallout, Henry said: ''Koni is Koni - he cracks jokes and he laughs.''