Unvaccinated NRL stars set to be fined and sacked under new proposals

It’s the latest twist in the vaccination story, but now those unvaccinated could face a loss of career and livelihood.

The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that NRL players could be sacked with eight weeks’ notice if they refuse to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

That’s because the Rugby League Players’ Association have drafted a proposal in tandem with NRL clubs.

The 2022 NRL draw was released just hours after news filtered out that unvaccinated players may not be able to play in Queensland next year.

That follows an announcement from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that stated that only vaccinated people would be allowed to enter government-owned stadiums – that includes Suncorp Stadium, Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast and Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.

That again means that players refusing vaccination may be forced to sit out games and potentially lose their jobs.

The discussion paper suggests docking players “1/52nd of their pay for every week where a player is unable to train in any capacity whatsoever”, and “1/30th for every week in-season where the player is unavailable for that week’s NRL match due to his unvaccinated status”.

Though sacking is on the table, it is thought to be the last resort as the RLPA document proposes “unilateral termination is not available until a minimum of eight (8) weeks after a player has been formally provided with the vaccination club direction”.

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