Police investigating NRL club’s alleged biosecurity breach

NSW Police and the NRL Integrity Unit are investigating a number of St George Illawarra Dragons players who allegedly breached the state government’s stay-at-home order.

On Sunday morning, Channel 9’s Danny Weidler reported that several players attended a party at Paul Vaughan’s home.

“A large group of Dragons players are under investigation after a party at the home of Paul Vaughan,” Weidler tweeted.

“NRL sources say 6 players – I’ve heard many more – closer to a dozen.”

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The Dragons later released a statement confirming a number of players were involved in a biosecurity breach.

“St George Illawarra are aware of a New South Wales state government stay-at-home order and NRL biosecurity breach involving a number of players,” the statement read.

“The Dragons will not make comment at this time, while the investigation into the matter with the NRL Integrity Unit and NSW Police continues.”

Weidler later told Channel 9 the Dragons players were caught out after someone put in a “noise complaint”.

Last year, Vaughan was stood down for two weeks after visiting a cafe while biosecurity bubble regulations were being enforced.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have the following statement regarding an NRL biosecurity breach. #redv

Repeat offender Paul Vaughan. Some blokes never learn. #NRL

This Dragons story could be huge. Bye next week, but club has to stand them down if COVID party yarn is true. How many were there? Can they even a field a side in RD 18 v Manly? Do they have to forfeit? And how did Vaughn not learn his lesson form that cafe visit last year?

The Dragons secured a nailbiting one-point victory over the Warriors on Friday evening, but are scheduled for a bye next weekend.

Anthony Griffin’s side are currently seventh on the NRL ladder with eight wins this season.

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