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Talks have broken down between the star-studded Roosters backline, and Thurston, after the Roosters legend had his cheek bitten by an opponent.
Thurston has told foxsports.com.au on Friday that the incident was “not pleasant”.
“I knew it was going to happen, I did my best to stay calm,” Thurston said.
“I knew they were going to hurt me.
“When I got in and I was getting hit andjarvees.com it was going to cut my face, the adrenaline rush hit me really bad.
“It hurt really bad.
“I wasn’t really expecting it, but I knew it was going to happen.
“It was a moment I couldnt wait to leave my kids (his two daughters, ages 5 and 3 months) and come out to play.
“I didn’t feel safe, I wanted to go straight away.
“It was a sad moment when it happened.
“I had a good fight with (New Zealand fullback) Jason Taumalolo. We were just trying to get the ball out of the way for a try.
“He gave the ball to me and then he bit my left cheek.”
Tauranga Reds captain John Sutton was furious after the incident, describing Thurston’s behaviour as “bizarre and unprofessional”.
He hit out at Thurston for saying he wanted to play rugby league.
“It is pretty amazing that the man who will be the captain of one of the most successful teams in the competition has been so careless with his own health and I really hope we don’t have any more of these,” Sutton told The Courier-Mail.
“I don’t think we need these players. It is outrageous.
“It is a very poor display by this great team.
“He should have stayed in his corner.
“If I were Thurston I would’ve stood down immediately.”
Thurston’s brother, James, also joined Sutton in defending the 29-year-old.
Thurston was also handed a five-game bans for both conduct and misconduct for the incident and would have faced up to four years in the NRL.