NRL is investigating yet another Covid offense after four players were caught playing the slots in a pub for hours without masks – after two ringside stars were seen fighting Tim Tszyu
- Four Gold Coast Titans players are being investigated for violating Covid rules
- It was confirmed that the group went to a pub in Sydney and played slots
- Several NRL players were seen fighting Tim Tszyu despite being told not to go
The NRL is investigating four Gold Coast Titans players who allegedly played slots in a Sydney pub without masks.
Among the group was New Zealand international and club co-captain Kevin Proctor, Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook confirmed.
Two other big names in the rugby league are facing potential penalties after being photographed without a mask on Wednesday night during the Tim Tzsyu boxing match in Newcastle.
Pictured: New Zealand international and club co-captain Kevin Proctor with his partner
The NRL is investigating four Gold Coast Titans players who allegedly played slots without a mask in a Sydney pub (stock image)
The Titans relocated to Harbor City this week after the nearby Brisbane area was shut down for three days following a coronavirus outbreak.
Residents in Brisbane, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast were put on high alert after positive cases visited a number of sites in South East Queensland and North New South Wales.
The squad decided to take their home game south and were placed under strict ‘biosecurity restrictions’.
Holbrook said the players were mainly in the outdoor area of the Locker Room Bar in Olympic Park, near the team’s hotel.
NRL officials are also investigating whether Wests Tigers center James Roberts and Eels utility Will Smith violated Covid restrictions when they attended the Steel City Showdown days earlier.
The Titans relocated to Harbor City this week after the nearby Greater Brisbane area was locked up for three days following a coronavirus outbreak. Pictured: Kevin Proctor
Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook confirmed the running second rower (Proctor pictured with his partner) and three of his teammates are now working with the NRL probe
A number of NRL players attended the Tim Tszyu fight last night, despite the fact that the match sent an email telling them not to attend.
The NRL sent an email on Wednesday afternoon stating that players should not attend the sold-out event due to strict biosecurity measures following the outbreak in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
South Sydney stars Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker of Sydney were ringside and were part of Tszyu’s team, but the two had received special permission from the match to attend.
The Rabbitohs and Eels have been contacted for comment on the presence of their players at fight night.
The Tigers told Daily Mail Australia that they are currently talking to the NRL Apollo Group on the matter.
Held at Newcastle’s entertainment center, the event is still hours away from the only community transfer in north NSW, but the NRL was keen to see players avoid the fight in the interests of the competition.
Latrell Mitchell (center left) and Cody Walker (center right) attended the Tim Tszyu fight in Newcastle on Wednesday evening
Wests Tigers star James Roberts (pictured left) also attended the event on Wednesday night
It is not clear whether players were explicitly banned and what the penalty would be for attending.
Mitchell and Walker sat ringside with masks on the entire time, including interacting with fans and other famous attendees.
Roberts and Smith were separated from the South Sydney couple and didn’t wear masks while watching the fights.
Former players Andrew and Matthew Johns, and Paul Gallen also attended the event two hours north of Sydney.
Anthony Mundine also watched ringside when Tim Tszyu defeated Dennis Hogan in a dominant showing with a fifth round TKO.
The NRL has confirmed that all players under investigation will be allowed to play this weekend and that all players the penalty handed over comes after the fourth round.
A number of NRL players attended the Tim Tszyu fight last night, despite the fact that the match sent an email stating that players should not be present
Roberts was separated from the South Sydney couple and didn’t wear a mask while watching the fights