NRL asks Queensland government to relax vaccination stance

Tonumaipea is the first NRL player signing post COVID-19 with the former Melbourne Storm back joining the Titans on a train and trial deal. (AAP

Tonumaipea is the first NRL player signing post COVID-19 with the former Melbourne Storm back joining the Titans on a train and trial deal. (AAP

Cartwright and Kelly were stood down from training on Friday to allow the NRL and government to review the flu-jab policy ahead of the May 28 season resumption.

The NRL will be the first major Australian sporting code to return to play in a few weeks after agreeing to abide by tough protocols enforced by Federal and State Governments.

While the NRL is confident the Queensland government will relent and accept a vaccination waiver to allow the players to resume training, it's unknown how long the situation could drag on.

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The reason why the club had to stand down Cartwright and Kelly is because the original exemption from the Queensland government which gave the Titans, Broncos and Cowboys permission to play and train in the state explicitly stated players be vaccinated.

"I don't know whether we should be forcing them to do anything they wouldn't be comfortable doing".

"Those two per cent they have different views and different circumstances; it is not easy for those guys".

"I have spoken to Bryce and Brian about this and made information resources available".

"I am not sure if it is a benefit; I think our game is a really fast game and it is hard for one ref to notice everything and the game will be played differently if it is one".

"I don't think Bryce will have the shot, that's Bryce's position and we respect that".

Cartwright does not want the vaccination. AAP Image  Dave Hunt
Cartwright does not want the vaccination. AAP Image Dave Hunt

"As a club, we want to follow the protocol of the NRL, and more importantly the government", Holbrook said.

"Brian has some scepticism about the injection and he needs to be a little more informed".

"Right now, there are only two players in Queensland and a handful of others in NSW".

"There's only two guys in Queensland we have to deal with, we need to take a commonsense approach", he said.

"I'm aware that [the] Queensland chief health officer has indicated that is a requirement for Queensland", said the CHO. She was impressed that 97 per cent of the NRL playing group had received vaccinations.

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"Our NRL players as a group have shown to the rest of the community that you should go and get the flu shot".

"We want them to get vaccinated because if you get coronavirus in addition to the flu, it's quite serious".

Graham believed that players must weigh up whether they are willing to jeopardise their careers for their individual beliefs and views, reaffirming that he would do anything to support his family.

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