‘This won’t shut down the NRL’: Bulldogs players in isolation after visiting COVID-19 exposure site

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Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys insists the NRL competition won’t be suspended despite three Bulldogs players being forced into isolation after attending a Bondi pub now listed as a COVID-19 exposure site.

Dylan Napa, Brandon Wakeham and Aaron Schoupp have undergone immediate COVID tests after attending the Royal Hotel on Sunday night – days after the NRL warned players to stay away from restaurants, clubs or bars in the Waverley local government area.

Dylan Napa is in hot water after breaching biosecurity protocols, attending a COVID exposure site.Credit:Getty

“The NRL will continue to seek advice from its biosecurity experts and NSW Health to ensure no risk to other teams or the community.”

NRL clubs have a rest weekend with the women’s State of Origin match to be played at the Sunshine Coast on Friday night, while the men’s clash will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday night.

The off-contract Napa is fighting for his NRL career, while Wakeham has forced his way into Canterbury’s halves at the expense of off-season recruit Kyle Flanagan, who has been relegated to NSW Cup.

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