Two stood down for breaching NRL protocols

The NRL have confirmed South Sydney Rabbitohs Head Coach Wayne Bennett and St George-Illawarra Dragons prop Paul Vaughan have been stood down after breaching biosecurity protocols.

Both went out to restaurants in separate incidents, breaking their side’s respective biosecurity bubbles. They will now do a two-week quarantine.

Explaining what happened, Bennett said: “I went for lunch yesterday at Grappa, I did. If it was a breach I wouldn’t have done it. I didn’t think it was a breach. I went with my partner who I live with, just me and her, had something to eat there and that was it.”

The Rabbitohs confirmed Jason Demetriou will take charge for the duration of the quarantine.

Vaughan told the Dragons’ website: “I am very remorseful for the reckless and selfish decision I have made.

“Everyone within the Dragons’ bubble, including myself, are well aware of the protocols in place. I’m sorry for the harm my actions have caused to the club and my teammates.”

They also confirmed Kaide Ellis will come into the side while Vaughan is in quarantine.

NRL acting CEO Andrew Abdo added: “This is a regrettable decision but today’s actions will operate as an important reminder to our players and staff about the importance of strict adherence to the protocols.”