Jack de Belin is the latest Dragons player to be fined by NSW Police for attending a house party hosted by teammate Paul Vaughan.
De Belin, who is only four games into his NRL comeback after the director of public prosecutions dropped sexual assault charges against the former State of Origin forward, was hit with a $1000 penalty for breaching public health orders.
“Following inquiries, another 30-year-old man was identified today (Monday 5 July 2021), as being at the home; he has now been issued with a $1000 PIN for breaching a stay at home direction,” NSW Police said in a statement.
Twelve of de Belin’s St George Illawarra teammates were fined on Sunday and interviewed by the NRL integrity unit over the gathering, which was broken up when neighbours made a noise complaint on Saturday night.
The players included Vaughan, Zac Lomax, Corey Norman, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Jack Bird, Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale, Matt Dufty, Josh Kerr and Tyrell Fuimaono. They have been banned from training until further notice.
The Herald was told by sources familiar with the situation on Sunday that no State of Origin representatives – the Dragons had Tariq Sims, Ben Hunt and Andrew McCullough play in game two – were at the party.
All NRL players are under level-four biosecurity restrictions to keep the competition alive during Sydney’s COVID outbreak, which largely prevents them from leaving their homes unless playing or training. They are not allowed to have any visitors at their homes.
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