The NRL has done an about-face after copping a pummeling from the media and public regarding the Integrity Unit’s new “beefed up powers”.
“We’re not seizing phones, but we have the powers to require players to provide what we ask,’’ a spokesman told News Corp.
“If a player is up on an harassment charge, we’d need to prove someone was calling that person all the time. Or if a lewd photo was sent, we could ask a player to provide the SMS they had sent out.
“We don’t need the phone, we’re just requiring the data.’’