A sex video featuring Warriors player Konrad Hurrell has emerged just as the NRL prepares to launch its Women In League campaign.
The clip was posted on social media yesterday.
The sex act appears to be taking place in a car being driven by the 22-year-old Hurrell and was filmed on a phone. It was uploaded and posted on Instagram.
Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakely, 39, confirmed she was the woman in the video with the league centre but said the clip was meant to be private.
A spokeswoman for Shortland Street production company South Pacific Pictures said the company was unlikely to comment on Blakely's involvement in the sex video as it was a personal matter, not a work-related matter.
Blakely had acknowledged her involvement in the video and had already given all the comments she needed to give, the spokeswoman said.
NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle, a former boss of the New Zealand Rugby League, said the NRL's integrity unit was looking into the incident and was waiting for a report from the Warriors.
The clip's release couldn't have come at a worse time with the Women in League campaign, to be launched this week, aiming to provide women and girls from grassroots up with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles in their local areas or clubs.
Doyle was also concerned about the impact of the controversy on potential sponsors and people deciding what sport their children should be playing.
"You get mothers who are deciding if their kids should play the game, you get a club who is potentially on the verge with some high-profile corporate who wants to get involved in the game, and something happens that puts them off," Doyle told Fairfax Media.
"It puts a mum off from their little kid playing, it puts a potential sponsor from spending millions of dollars in the game, and that has a negative impact on the whole game."
Doyle told Australia's Channel Seven TV station that the NRL would confront the issue.
"You can't just ignore it, you have to deal with it, and you gain some more credibility rather than potentially if you don't deal with it properly.
"It is actually the players themselves who are saying there are certain things that are acceptable and certain other things that are unacceptable, and it is putting pressure on all the other players because it always seems to be the minority.
"I think at the end of the day you don't change things overnight, it takes time to evolve."
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said: "We have heard social media reports and are investigating. We can't say anything more until we have more facts."
It appears the video was originally circulated on the app Snapchat, which deletes photos and videos after a set period of time determined by the user.
Blakely plays nurse Vasa Levi in Shortland Street. She has also appeared in Sione's Wedding, Outrageous Fortune, This Is Not My Life, and Sione's 2: Unfinished Business.
Hurrell was last weekend linked to a move to rugby union with Super Rugby champions The Chiefs. He is contracted with the Warriors until 2015.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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