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Three players breach COVID protocols

The RFL have announced sanctions for three players that have broken rules around the COVID protocols.

Any player found guilty of this will face a 14-day ban from all rugby league activity, starting the day after the offence was committed. This is in line with government advice around being in close contact with someone who has the virus.

Firstly, Jackson Hastings of Wigan Warriors breached the guidelines on 7th August. Although the period of his ban has passed, he will still be paying a fine.

Huddersfield Giants forward James Gavet has also been punished. His ban will end on Thursday, after breaching the guidelines on 13th August.

Finally, Warrington Wolves youngster Riley Dean will also serve a ban until 30th August. His breach came on 16th August.

Karen Moorhouse, the RFL’s Chief Regulatory Officer, said: “In the main the Protocols have been observed, and we are grateful to the majority of clubs and players and other individuals involved for their responsible and disciplined approach.

However we are in a situation where breaches of the Protocols by any individuals connected with the game could have serious repercussions for all – either an impact on individual and public health, or in terms of disruption to the rescheduled fixtures list.

“It is therefore important that appropriate sanctions reflecting the reasons for the regulations are imposed. The ability to enforce a 14-day stand-down reflects this.”

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