Wednesday , August 4 2021

NRL probe discovers more Bulldogs were at Bondi pub

The Canterbury Bulldogs are under further scrutiny after it emerged that another two players have been sent to get COVID-19 tests with an NRL investigation discovering more team members were at a Bondi pub than first thought.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Sione Katoa and Corey Waddell are now in isolation after it was revealed the pair were also at the pub with Dylan Napa, Brandon Wakeham and Aaron Schoupp, despite an NRL directive to all Sydney clubs on 17 June not to attend any restaurants, clubs or bars in the Waverley Local Government area due to a recent COVID-19 outbreak.

All players have received tests after visiting the exposure site, The Royal Hotel, in the Eastern Suburbs on Sunday, June 20. The pub was also attended by a person who later tested positive to COVID-19.

The trio of Napa, Wakeham, and Schoupp have returned negative tests, but until all the players’ tests do the same, the Bulldogs have not been able to train.

All players used QR check-in codes.

The Bulldogs, who are currently 15th on the ladder, don’t play again until next Saturday, when they face Manly.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys said on Friday that the breach would not see the competition stopped, however the latest development in addition to a Sydney lockdown is an unfortunate twist.

The original Bulldogs trio are facing sanctions and the additional players are likely also in hot water. There is doubt any of the five will be able to play in their next game against the Sea Eagles.

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