NRL star breaks quarantine protocols

James Roberts has become the latest NRL star to break the league’s Covid protocols, as he was pictured on his hotel balcony.

The NRL released a statement clarifying what had happened with Roberts’ breach.

“The NRL has today reported a breach of the current balcony directive to Queensland Health by Wests Tigers player James Roberts,” the statement read.

“The NRL and Wests Tigers are providing James with additional wellbeing support to assist him in coping with quarantine and will continue to work closely with Queensland health.”

With the strict health protocols in place in Queensland, all windows and doors had been taped shut with gaffer tape.

Roberts was in quarantine after being classified as a close contact of someone at a Covid exposure site in Sydney, meaning he couldn’t travel with the full Tigers team when they initially moved up to Queensland.

James Roberts has had a tough season with the Wests Tigers. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Last week, Queensland’s chief medical officer Jeanatte Young fired a stern warning to the NRL, threatening the league could have their privileges revoked by the authorities.

“I’m getting very close to it (revoking exemptions),” Young said on Friday.

“Yes, I’m very, very concerned about what is happening with these NRL players.

“You would have seen that imagery of the family hotel where they were sharing goods between verandas.

“If I have any more breaches, I am very concerned.

James Roberts pictured on his balcony in hotel quarantine. Picture: Nigel HallettSource:News Corp Australia

“It’s for all of them. This is too risky. We just cannot have people deliberately breaching the rules.”

Young’s warning shot came after revelations emerged last week of Api Koroisau and his repeated biosecurity breaches as he allegedly snuck in a woman on two occasions into the Blues’ camp during Origin.

Maroons forward Jai Arrow also broke Covid protocols to sneak a woman into Maroons camp in the lead-up to game three.

Both Koroisau and Arrow were handed two-game suspensions and fined $35,000.

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