It’s been one of the most controversial topics in the sporting arena for the past 18 months and now more stars are showing their battle lines on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Whilst in the NRL, clubs are advocating each and every player gets vaccinated – with the Canterbury Bulldogs terminating the contract of forward John Asiata who simply refuses – Super League clubs haven’t outlined their status.
That means that rugby league players in the UK are free to choose whether or not they get the vaccine.
But, for two Castleford Tigers players, they have been outspoken critics of the jab and have even linked the vaccine to the recent increasing collapse of sportsmen.
Christian Eriksen, for example, the Danish footballer, collapsed during Euro 2020. However, he was not vaccinated, likewise Charlie Wyke the Wigan Athletic footballer who was taken to hospital midweek.
Sergio Aguero has had heart problems since he was 12 and now he’s been advised to retire on health advice, yet again his problem has been shrouded in the anti-vaccination argument.
John Fleck, who was taken to hospital after collapsing for Sheffield United, actually had contracted the virus, but that still hasn’t stopped his name being mentioned either.
There continues to be an increasing divide between those who advocate the vaccine and those who don’t, but there still remains a massive grey area concerning sportsmen and whether or not the vaccine should be pushed in sporting – and rugby league – circles.
Whatever your opinion, the debate isn’t going to go away anytime soon, with two Tigers stars voicing their opinions as they are entitled to.
Worrying amount of professional athletes collapsing lately🤔 surely something not right ??
— Danny Richardson (@DannyRich96) November 25, 2021
Wonder what it is lad? 💉
— Jake Trueman (@JT6Trueman) November 25, 2021
Of course, it’s safe to say their opinion quickly hit home for some.
Worrying amount of RL players talking absolute bollocks on social media @TheRFL
— Pad (@YorkshirePad) November 25, 2021