Three anti-vaxxer footy stars including Bryce Cartwright are STOOD DOWN by the NRL for ignoring ‘no jab, no play’ policy
- Three Gold Coast Titans stars have been stood down due to refusing flu vaccine
- Bryce Cartwright, Nathan Peats and Brian Kelly are reported players involved
- Peats has since said he will receive the flu vaccination and wasn’t against it
- The decision came after discussions between the NRL and the QLD government
Three Queensland NRL stars who have not had the flu vaccination have been stood down by the league for ignoring the ‘no jab, no play’ policy.
Gold Coast Titans’ Bryce Cartwright, Nathan Peats and Brian Kelly were informed they would be unable to play on Friday afternoon following talks between the NRL and Queensland Government.
It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced players would only be able to return to the NRL this season if they were vaccinated.
The players must now either receive the flu vaccination or provide a medical reason as to why they can’t in order to play the season.
They have also been told to keep away from training.
Gold Coast Titans’ Bryce Cartwright (pictured), Nathan Peats and Brian Kelly were informed they would be unable to play on Friday afternoon following talks between the NRL and Queensland Government
Peats has since tweeted he would get the flu jab on Friday afternoon, saying he wasn’t against vaccinations but had a ‘bad experience’.
‘I’ve spoken to the club and will get the jab this afternoon,’ he wrote.
‘I had the option to say yes or no and I chose no for that reason. If I knew it would blow up I would have said yes straight away.
‘I had a bad experience in 2012 when I was at Souths when I had the flu shot, that’s my only reason behind it.’
Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young said the decision came after discussions with the NRL.
‘I’ve had a discussion with (the NRL) this morning and they’ve stood down those three players, at the moment, until we work through what it means,’ she told reporters.
‘In actual fact, they’ve done a very, very good job. All their other players, staff and officials are all vaccinated.
‘That is an amazing outcome so I’m sure we’re going to be able to sort it all out so that’s all being fixed.’
It comes after the NRL wrote to all three Queensland clubs, informing them all players needed to be vaccinated before going ahead with training and games.
More to come.