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NRL clubs get extra standby players to cover for positive COVID-19 test

Brisbane mentor Anthony Seibold has been added to the committee to give it a coach’s perspective, while Rugby League Coaches Association chief executive Kelly Egan also has a seat at the table. Rugby League Players Association representative Simon Roberts has also been added to a group that is headed by Kangaroos high-performance manager Troy Thompson and includes Storm football boss Frank Ponissi, Wests Tigers performance manager Andrew Gray, NRL welfare and education manager Paul Heptonstall and NRL chief medical officer Dr Paul Bloomfield.

The group, which reports to NRL head of football Graham Annesley and RLPA boss Clint Newton, spoke for two-and-a-half hours on Thursday before landing on the draft recommendations.

The NRL will allow extra players to warm up for games ahead of kick-off.

The NRL will allow extra players to warm up for games ahead of kick-off.Credit:Getty Images

“It’s been really pleasing to see the willingness of everyone to help out and co-operate,” Thompson said.

“Nobody has an agenda. It’s important that everyone is on the same page from the coaches, the players, the staff, the NRL and the commission. The big thing is that everyone is speaking into the same microphone, we’ve all got the same voice and are saying the same thing.

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“A few working groups will be diving into the detail over the next 10 days. A lot hinges on whether teams can travel. We have an anomaly with the Warriors because they are geographically removed from everyone else.

“We have to be able to afford them the same guidelines and consideration as everyone else.”

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