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June 17, 2012 - Melbourne

Rugby player Mitchell Pearce has become the new playboy of Australian sport, dating Playboy covergirl Ciara Price, weeks after he was spotted partying with a 'Pussycat Doll'.

The NSW halfback, who until recently had lived with his girlfriend Phoebe Carpenter, has turned his full attention to the model since she arrived in Sydney last weekend for a series of appearances.

The 23-year-old player even risked breaking Origin camp protocol by taking Price back to the team hotel at Coogee's Crowne Plaza Hotel in the lead-up to Wednesday's crucial clash.

While coach Ricky Stuart had told New South Wales players that nothing was allowed to come between the Blues and victory in the match, Pearce spent the lead up to the game bombarding the American playboy playmate with his attention.

The relationship comes just weeks after he had split with Carpenter after being spotted partying with American 'Pussycat Doll' Ashley Roberts.

Introduced by mutual friends at a local bar last Saturday, the 22-year-old model is said to have spent the night with Pearce on Sunday at the hotel while Pearce's Origin teammates slumbered.

When the Blues were given days off last Saturday and Monday to spend time with their family and friends, Pearce had invited her around to watch a DVD.

"Movie time with @mitch-pearce7," quoted Price as writing on her Twitter acoount at 1:16 pm on Monday.

Price also watched the second match of the State of Origin from a corporate box at Sydney's ANZ Stadium last Wednesday as Pearce, son of rugby league great Wayne Pearce, played on the winning Blues team. She is (understood/reported) to have spent Thursday evening at his apartment.

The two were snapped leaving together early on Friday before he dropped Price at a girlfriend's Kings Cross apartment. The couple shared a lingering kiss before he went to training with Roosters teammates.

"Have fun at practice xx," Price later tweeted.

Price's Australian representative, Amanda Archer, confirmed the couple's budding romance.

"Ciara met Mitchell through mutual friends and they've been enjoying each other's company," she said.

Price is in Australia with fellow playboy playmate Crystal Harris, who was once engaged to playboy founder Hugh Hefner, for appearances at Bar100. Also a DJ, she has signed on for regular gigs at the venue.

She is the latest beauty to be wooed by the 23-year-old footballer.

In the early hours of April 29, Pearce had been snapped leaving The Rocks' Bar100 alongside 'Pussycat Doll' Roberts.

Roberts' spokesman said that the pair were "just friends" at the time.


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