Cronulla Sharks have become the first professional rugby league club to ban unvaccinated fans as they await their first trial match against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
The game will take place on February 28 at Shark Park, with Cronulla the only NRL side to own their home ground
Though it may well restrict a number of fans from participating in the game, all Bulldogs and Sharks players and officials are fully vaccinated.
Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta says the stance on Covid for the safety of fans will be reviewed before the start of the premiership.
Their first home game is in round two against the Parramatta Eels which is expected to be a sell-out at Shark Park.
“We will monitor all the data and listen to the government and health experts then make the call,” Mezzatesta told the Daily Telegraph.
The status surrounding the vaccination has been a key point in recent months with the likes of North Queensland Cowboys star Jason Taumalolo and Melbourne Storm’s Nelson Asofa-Solomona being two high-profile players announce their opposition to getting the jab.
The NRL brought in compulsory vaccination which led John Asiata to turn his back on the competition Down Under.