New Zealand hooker Issac Luke has admitted he deliberately tried to break the leg of his cousin Rangi Chase, the England half-back, during the Four Nations Series.
The South Sydney player was given a two-match ban for twisting the leg of Castleford's New Zealand-born playmaker during the Kiwis' 28-6 defeat by England in Hull last Saturday.
Now back in Sydney, Luke made the stunning admission that it was Chase's decision to switch allegiance from New Zealand that pushed him over the edge.
"I just saw red," Luke said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. "A lot of the legends that played in the black and white jersey, they wanted blood. I know Rubes (assistant coach Ruben Wiki) wanted blood.
"I guess that's the mentality us young ones have taken on board. We had a talk the night before about what the jersey meant and that must have come out.
"When you come up against your family you want to outplay them. I didn't outplay him. I tried to break his leg. It was the wrong thing to do.
"Now I see that - at the time I didn't. After the game I said sorry. He said it stays on the field."