Police Close In On Death Threat

Police have interviewed a suspect over death threats made to Canberra rugby league captain Simon Woolford, the National Rugby League club said on Monday.

Raiders general manager Don Furner said he understood there had been a development in the case.

"My understanding is that police have interviewed, traced phone calls and interviewed the suspect," he said on an Australian Media website.

"They are liaising directly with Simon Woolford and the NRL, but no charges have been laid but they traced the calls and have interviewed the person."

Woolford, Canberra coach Matthew Elliott and leading referee Bill Harrigan were shadowed by extra security at the weekend's NRL semi-finals after receiving threatening phone calls in the lead-up to the games.

Woolford scored a try as Canberra was beaten 17-16 by the New Zealand Warriors at Aussie Stadium on Saturday night.

Both he and Elliott later declined to comment on the matter.

Harrigan presided over Sunday's Bulldogs-Melbourne match at the same venue.

There was no trouble reported at either match.