Bulldogs forced back into COVID bubble after playing game in Brisbane last weekend + Covid Measures

Bulldogs forced back into COVID bubble after playing game in Brisbane last weekend

The Bulldogs have been placed back into the tough COVID restrictions which were in play last year. The rest of the competition will join them late on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael CarayannisMichael Carayannis

March 30, 2021 - 12:27PM

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NRL: Following a COVID outbreak in Queensland, the Brisbane Broncos have been forced to charter a private flight to Sydney in order to avoid lockdown.

Canterbury players and staff have been forced back into a bubble following the COVID outbreak in Brisbane and the rest of the competition will join them on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs played the Broncos last Saturday and as a result have been placed back into the tough restrictions which were in play for the entire competition last year.

That means players and staff are only able to train and return home. They can leave their house for essential items only but have been told they must wear a mask. Eating at restaurants is also banned.

Tough COVID restrictions rubs salt into the Bulldogs wounds.

All 16 clubs were told they must return to level two restrictions after 5pm on Tuesday.

Bulldogs boss Aaron Warburton confirmed the strict measures.

“It’s not affecting the lead-up to Friday for us,” Warburton said.

“It’s business as normal. We will just adhere to the NSW health guideline and nothing has changed for us.”

Canterbury players will need to undergo a COVID test after captain’s run on Thursday. They have a training free day on Tuesday.

Following the outbreak in Brisbane last week, the Bulldogs players were told they could only leave their hotel for the match.

They lost 24-0.

The NRL is expected to make a decision on Tuesday regarding a host of matches which could be impacted by COVID this weekend.

Already Brisbane have relocated to Sydney ahead of their match against Melbourne. That game could be shifted to Sydney while the Sharks are meant to travel to the Sunshine Coast on Saturday to play the Cowboys.

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Broncos-Storm match to go ahead as strict measures places on players, staff

At least one Round 4 match remains in jeopardy as the NRL increases the restrictions on players and staff amid Queensland’s COVID spread.

Michael Carayannis and Nick Smart

March 30, 2021 - 10:04PM

News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

NRL: Following a COVID outbreak in Queensland, the Brisbane Broncos have been forced to charter a private flight to Sydney in order to avoid lockdown.

This is the email rugby league players and staff have been dreading — a return to bubble life.

The NRL’s general manager of elite competitions Jason King wrote to the 16 club bosses just before 10am on Tuesday to deliver the news.

That means players must wear masks whenever they are indoors in public, a ban on public transport, temperature checking before each training session and the buffet is no more.

Using ride-shares should also only occur as a last resort.

The NRL is also sweating on a clearance from the Victorian government to allow Friday’s match between the Broncos and Melbourne to go ahead.

The level two Project Apollo Protocols were put in place as a safety measure following an outbreak in Brisbane in recent days.

The next step is a return to a full-on bubble which would mirror the situation players found themselves for the majority of last season.

Latrell Mitchell of the Rabbitohs has his temperature checked.

“Although the immediate COVID issue is localised in Brisbane the nature of our competition means that it is necessary to move all Clubs and matches to enhanced protocols,” King wrote to club bosses.

“We appreciate this will cause some inconvenience for our clubs, personnel, partners and families but the measures are important to ensure we are able to deliver the premiership with minimal disruption.”

Clubs were already under level one protocols although they were largely in-step with community standards.

The Bulldogs are under strict measures having played the Broncos last Saturday.

Canterbury players are unable to leave their house unless it is to go to training or to go shopping for essential items. They are banned from eating at restaurants.

They will be under the harsher protocols until Thursday where staff and players will be COVID tested to ensure ahead of their match against South Sydney on Friday.

Bulldogs boss Aaron Warburton confirmed the strict measures.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the Warriors NRL team as part of the COVID bubble training at Impact Gym in Erina on the Central Coast.

“It’s not affecting the lead-up to Friday for us,” Warburton said.

“It’s business as normal. We will just adhere to the NSW health guideline and nothing has changed for us.”

It is understood the Victorian Government will allow the Brisbane Broncos to enter the state, meaning their marquee fixture will go ahead on Friday night as scheduled.

The Broncos flew to Sydney on Monday and will be based there for at least the next fortnight after the Queensland capital was declared a COVID hotspot.

All Brisbane players and staff that have travelled have since returned negative tests.

The Broncos are set to be granted Victorian travel exemptions, ensuring the match will go ahead.

Although, they will fly south on a private plane and follow strict COVID protocols while in Victoria.

It had been speculated the clash could be moved to Sydney, which would have robbed Storm of a precious home game and its fans of seeing them play live after not being able to last year.

The official green light is set to be given on Wednesday.

The Broncos have relocated to Sydney and will be able to travel on to Victoria.

The Broncos relocated to Sydney on Monday.

NRL boss Andrew Abdo said the game would make changes as necessary.

“We have activated the scenario planning we had in place should there be an outbreak,” Abdo said.

“We are confident Friday night’s game at AAMI Park will proceed however if the circumstances change then the game will be relocated to Sydney.”

The Sharks are in discussions with the NRL regarding the prospect of flying on a charter flight on game day for their match against the Cowboys on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday. As it stands the Sharks are booked to leave on Thursday.

The Titans and Raiders game remains in a precarious place. Gold Coast have been told they may also be forced to relocate.

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