The media are reporting that Schapelle Corby could potentially derail the New South Wales' Origin preparations, despite NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden explicitly saying his players won't be distracted, Corby's whereabouts remaining unconfirmed and Blues players being professional athletes who have seen cameras before.
With the Blues arriving in Brisbane ahead of their opening clash of the 2017 State of Origin series against Queensland, the media have reported that other people in the media are concerned about the media circus surrounding Corby's Australian return and how the fact that her and New South Wales may be potentially sharing a hotel may impact a completely separate rugby league match, which is already extensively covered by the media.
"I don't have any concerns about Schapelle Corby being in the hotel," Trodden said, which the media is reporting may be code for 'I am very concerned'.
"They won't be distracted. Trust me they won't be distracted. It'll be more of a distraction for you guys. The media will be distracted," Trodden continued, which leaves the answer to the question 'Will New South Wales be distracted?' completely open to interpretation.
Fox Sports NRL reporter James Hooper, talking to Triple M radio, said "I know from a Blues point of view they’re hoping she’s not in there" despite mentioning no sources that have given him this information, which means it's news.
Not only are there concerns that Corby and the Blues sharing a hotel may impact their performance, but some media pundits have even suggested that romance may be on the cards.
“NSW in the same hotel, the Sofitel, as Schapelle Corby. Could there be a blossoming romance there somewhere?" asked former NRL player Matt Johns, who found it appropriate to comment on women and rugby teams in hotel rooms.
Schapelle Corby is not expected to play this State of Origin series.
This article was originally titled 'A MEDIA REPORT ABOUT THE MEDIA'S REPORTING ON THE MEDIA'S REPORTING ON CORBY'.