NRL bubble hotel staff rush for vaccinations ahead of competition revival

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Four NRL sides will stay at the Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.

 Four NRL sides will stay at the Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.

Staff at Sunshine Coast's Novotel Twin Waters Resort have rushed to the region's major hospital to receive a vaccine dose before the interstate players arrived late yesterday.

The Newcastle Knights, Manly Sea-Eagles, Sydney Roosters, and Penrith Panthers all arrived on Wednesday afternoon as Sydney recorded 97 new COVID-19 cases.

Six other New South Wales clubs have also relocated to Queensland, as well as the New Zealand Warriors and Canberra Raiders.

The teams will play matches out of either Lang Park, Sunshine Coast Stadium, or the Titans' home ground on the Gold Coast.

Games will also continue in Melbourne and Townsville.

Players in the Sunshine Coast hub will be forced to undertake 14 days of managed quarantine at Twin Waters Resort where they will be able to train and move around but will be locked away from the public.

 The resort staff is taking preventative measures seriously, with Queensland Health confirming the three hubs are now operating under hotel quarantine accommodation guidelines.

A Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said the resort staff come under the same umbrella as hotel quarantine workers.

"Staff at quarantine hotels have been prioritised for vaccination since the vaccination roll-out began," they said.

NRL Head of Football, Graham Annesley, said the league has done everything they can to make sure the players understand what was at stake. 

"We've given them every bit of information that we can possibly give them," he said.

"Any breach could see them forced to leave Queensland and see games or the competition canceled.

"There's a lot on the line here and we're relying on our players and I know that they will do the right thing."

Sunshine Coast overlooked for the revised fixture

Sunshine Coast league fans will be forced to wait for NRL action, with no games scheduled this weekend.

The NRL is continuing to review the draw for the following three rounds.

The twelve teams will spend a minimum of four weeks in the three hubs with the potential for sides to remain for the rest of the season.

The relocation is expected to create a large boost for the local economy.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said Mayor Mark Jamieson was not involved in the decision to relocate NRL teams to the Sunshine Coast.

"It is, however, the clear expectation of Mayor Jamieson and council that any teams and their support staff that are temporarily relocated to the Sunshine Coast will at all times strictly comply with the directions and requirements of Queensland's Chief Health Officer," the spokesperson said.

Queensland Cup to be impacted

With the NRL allowing teams to bring a 30-man squad and 11 staff members to their respective hub, there will be a number of feeder clubs that will lose their NRL talent. 

It means players outside of the starting 17 on game day will not be able to drop back to feeder teams at the state level.

Sunshine Coast Falcons coach Sam Mawhinney says the NRL's relocation to the southeast will affect a number of top Queensland Cup sides. 

"It's certainly going to make the last rounds of the competition pretty interesting," he said. 

"I think at the moment they're saying for the next four weeks this will be the case, but I'd expect that would probably be extended to the end of the year."


  • Suvir


    10:47 AM, 16-07-2021

    NSW’s lockdown meant they had less gameplay before the final origin game.

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  • Pich


    1:16 AM, 15-07-2021

    Wow. Wanna stay this hotel. It's look very nice.

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