Last year the AFL had a similar issue with Richmond Tigers pair Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones.
The pair were sent home from Queensland and banned for 10 matches for breaching the league’s COVID-19 protocols following a fight outside a strip club on the Gold Coast.
They were detained and later released by police. They breached protocols by taking Ubers and attending a strip club. Richmond were fined $100,000 as a result.
“We don’t be expected to be treated any different to the AFL when two players got sent home for breaching COVID-19 protocols,” V’landys said.
The NRL has organised for families to enter Queensland on Saturday. They will quarantine in a separate Gold Coast hotel for 14 days before linking with the teams in the respective Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast bubbles.
Manly coach Des Hasler addressed the media before flying out with his team on Wednesday. He believes the key to having success in a bubble environment will come down to the strength of each team’s leaders.
Manly are well placed with Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans and NSW duo Tom and Jake Trbojevic at their disposal.
“You need that [leadership], that’s an expectation. And you will find that players will step up into the roles,” Hasler said. “I think it’s the experience too. Most squads have a range of experience across their roster and no doubt they will lean on that.”
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