In a surprising move, the NRL is preparing to make space for a group of unvaccinated players in next year’s competition.
The belief that these players’ risk to the competition is “low to nothing” has apparently prompted this new stance.
Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys said on Monday he believes the competition can now “work with” the current cohort of players still refusing the jab.
“I think people are making a mountain out of a molehill. There are 15 players and that should reduce overtime,” he said.
“We believe we can – like the NSW government, allow for 95 per cent vaccination and the 5 percent who don’t – you can work with it. The risk is low to nothing.”
“So we are going in accordance with what the NSW government is doing. We can put processes in place where no one is at risk.”
A number of clubs still have unvaccinated players. Some players have made the difficult decision to retire forgoing significant income rather than get a “vaccine” they have significant and justifiable unanswered questions about. Is the door now open for these players to be reinstated?
After being very supportive of both the AFL and NRL throughout the Covid “crisis” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made next year’s competitions quite complex when she announced only vaccinated people would be able to enter government owned stadiums. We are waiting to hear whether she will reconsider her stance in light of the NRL’s