‘Gold Coast Titans star Bryce Cartwright has been stood down by the NRL as it toughens its stance on vaccination following pressure from the federal government.
And he has been joined by two teammates, with Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirming the news on Friday afternoon.
“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,” Young said.
Cartwright initially refused to sign a waiver accepting liability for refusing to take the flu shot, however the waiver has become irrelevant after the NRL adjusted its policy to align with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ‘no jab, no play’ suggestion.
The change rules Cartwright out indefinitely, and there are likely to be many other players with a huge decision to make.’