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Cronulla Sharks pair Jack Bird and Valentine Holmes in altercation at Coogee Pavilion

Cronulla chief Lyall Gorman insisted on Monday night that Sharks pair Jack Bird and Valentine Holmes were not at fault for an altercation with a patron at an eastern suburbs venue on Sunday night.

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Gorman confirmed Bird and Holmes were involved in an incident at the Coogee Pavilion but maintained neither had a case to answer after speaking to the duo on Monday. He said the patron involved in the dispute had been ejected from the pub.

"We understand there was an incident in and around several NRL players at which Jack Bird and Val were present," Gorman said. "There were no assertions at all that Jack and Val did anything inappropriate in any shape or form. A member of the public was removed from the facilities for inappropriate behaviour."

X factor: Jack Bird.
X factor: Jack Bird. Photo: Getty Images

A NSW police spokesperson said they were not aware of any incident but were making inquiries.  An NRL spokesman said they had not been contacted by Cronulla.

Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall was also at the venue and saw the incident from a distance, but was not involved.

Rising star: Valentine Holmes.
Rising star: Valentine Holmes. Photo: Getty Images

Earlier this year Holmes was one of eight players sanctioned by Queensland for breaking curfew during the Maroons' Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane in January.

The Sharks winger allegedly got into a disagreement with a cab after jumping the taxi queue in the early hours of the morning of January 31 and was issued with an infringement notice for obstructing police and public nuisance.

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