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Paul Kent and James Hooper have slammed the NRL’s anti-vax stars for putting the game’s May 28 return at risk, while Gorden Tallis called for the players to be stood down without pay.
The trio speaking on Triple M found it difficult to digest the constant roadblocks the players are putting up that are hindering the game’s tireless attempts to return.
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“I think it is a debacle,” Hooper said on Triple M.
“I can understand that some players want to stand up for their rights and it is personal choice, but at the same time you have got to look at the bigger picture.
“The NRL has fought tooth and nail to get the game back on the field by May 28 and for some players to be jacking up now about something as trivial as a flu shot.
“It is a flu jab. It is a needle and a vaccine. You are not going to die.”
While Kent sympathised with the players for believing the flu jab was all part of the negotiation process, he took exception to the NRL’s handling of the matter.
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“What the players are naive about is that the RLPA told the government that 100 per cent of players would be vaccinated,” Kent said.
“That was one of the conditions for the government to agree to allow them back.
“The government has not shifted off its stance, but the NRL in a staggering piece of administration changed the document they presented to government and put the waiver in that if you sign the waiver you can still play.
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“This is just a headache entirely of rugby league’s making that has embarrassed the game and put serious doubts around some people at NRL headquarters who are overseeing this.”
Kent believes the continued issues within the player group is hurting their image in the eyes of the public who are growing tired of the circus surrounding the May 28 restart bid.
“The players had an opportunity to burst out of the gate on May 28 and be treated like conquering heroes,” Kent said.
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“But instead since the May 28 date has been confirmed they just keep going from one hiccup to the next, that a lot of people that are all enduring the same restrictions as them are saying I have had enough.
“Seriously the amount of work that has gone into these blokes hitting the field and in the last 100 metres it is the players that are putting up the obstacles.”
Tallis believes the players who choose not to adhere to the rules need to be stood down without pay.
“Why don’t we just say to those players that don’t want to get it that means you don’t want it so if you don’t play you don’t get paid and the game moves on?” Tallis said.
Originally published asKent slams ‘naive’ NRL anti-vax stars as Tallis calls for ‘no play no pay’
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