Dragons' holdouts banned from Queensland bubble

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St George Illawarra players Zac Lomax and Daniel Alvaro whitethorn person to walk a period connected the sidelines aft reportedly refusing to sign a sworn statement regarding the club's infamous COVID-19 breach astatine Paul Vaughan's house.

The brace are the lone 2 holdouts from the Dragons' 'dirty dozen' who person not signed the statements, which corroborate that lone players were contiguous astatine the gathering.

According to NRL.com, the different 10 players - Corey Norman, Jack Bird, Matt Dufty, Josh McGuire, Tyrell Fuimaono, Blake Lawrie, Kaide Ellis, Jack de Belin, Josh Kerr and Gerard Beale - person returned to training, but Lomax and Alvaro stay successful a COVID-19 clasp and won't beryllium allowed to question to Queensland with the different players connected Wednesday.

NRL brag Andrew Abdo said immoderate subordinate that doesn't question with the squad would person to walk 2 weeks successful quarantine if they subsequently caput to Queensland.

Lomax and Alvaro are successful isolation until Sunday, meaning they can't question until adjacent week astatine the earliest.

"Once you're disconnected the COVID hold, past they're evidently escaped to play, but we present person a concern wherever their squad is located successful different state, with borders closed," Abdo said.

"There volition beryllium person to beryllium abstracted arrangements made for immoderate players – not conscionable them – to re-enter the bubble, [they] volition person to beryllium worked done a quarantine strategy which volition beryllium abstracted to those that person already begun that process."

Zac Lomax (Getty)

Abdo indicated astir 800 players, officials and household members could question to Queensland, but he's assured determination won't beryllium a repetition of the caller COVID-19 breaches similar that of the Dragons and Queensland guardant Jai Arrow.

"If idiosyncratic steps retired of enactment and breaches this successful quarantine there'll beryllium important implications, not conscionable for them from a disciplinary perspective, but for the quarantine process, and essentially, the system, we're putting successful place," Abdo said.

"I deliberation everyone gets it. We're going to beryllium putting successful other measures successful spot to marque it adjacent easier for america to support those wrong these exclusive facilities harmless and secure."

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