Coronavirus Australia: NRL families forced to tape their balconies shut after ...

Coronavirus Australia: NRL families forced to tape their balconies shut after ...
Coronavirus Australia: NRL families forced to tape their balconies shut after ...

NRL stars and their families locked up in Queensland quarantine hubs must prove they taped their balcony doors shut after breaching Covid rules.

Family members were photographed passing lollies to guests on floors above and below them at the Novotel Hotel in Surfers Paradise on their first day in the league's Covid bubble. 

Everyone in the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hubs are as a result banned from their balconies and must supply photo evidence of the taped doors. 

NRL families have been forced to tape their balconies shut and send photo proof to Queensland Health after they were pictured breaching quarantine rules

NRL families have been forced to tape their balconies shut and send photo proof to Queensland Health after they were pictured breaching quarantine rules

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Pictures on Thursday show men and women staying inside the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise as a part of the NRL's bubble passing lollies to people on floors above and below them

Pictures on Thursday show men and women staying inside the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise as a part of the NRL's bubble passing lollies to people on floors above and below them

The breach threw the entire NRL season into chaos with Queensland's chief health officer Jeannette Young threatening to send the player's packing from the state. 

Dr Young put the players, their families and the entire competition on notice saying she was 'very close' to kicking the NRL out of the state. 

'I'm getting very close to it,' Dr Young said of revoking the league's exemption.

'I'm very, very concerned about what is happening with these NRL players. This is too risky. We just cannot have people deliberately breaching the rules.' 

Players and families passing each other goodies was the second Covid breach in quick succession after married Penrith Panthers stat Apisai Koroisau sneaked a woman he met on Instagram into the Blues State of Origin camp.

The woman who is alleged to have met up with Koroisau said she has not yet been contacted by officials after coming forward to reveal she twice sneaked in with him. 

The game's integrity commission immediately launched an investigation into the woman's claims, but on Friday afternoon she said she had not received any communication with sporting officials.

The breach has thrown the entire NRL season into chaos with Queensland's CHO Jeannette Young threatening to send the player's packing from the state

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The breach has thrown the entire NRL season into chaos with Queensland's CHO Jeannette Young threatening to send the player's packing from the state

'I haven't heard from anyone about it, nothing,' she said.

The woman claimed Koroisau gave her 'strict' instructions on how to get into the camp without being noticed.

They planned to meet a third time but the woman claimed Koroisau put an end to that dalliance hours before she was due to arrive.

Koroisau called off the rendezvous after Rabbitoh's player Jai Arrow was dumped from the Maroons camp over a similar incident involving a female dancer being invited back to his hotel.

Arrow has since been slapped with a $35,000 fine and banned for two games, including next Wednesday's Origin clash in Newcastle. 

The Rabbitoh's star admitted he was aware of the rules and is remorseful for his actions in a statement released by Queensland Rugby League.

'I know I have let a lot of people down, including my teammates, coaching staff and fans right across the rugby league community,' Arrow said.

'For this I am truly sorry. I have fully cooperated with the NRL Integrity Unit, and I understand the scrutiny and criticism coming my way.'

Rabbitoh's star Jai Arrow has been slapped with a $35,000 fine and banned for two games after he allegedly invited a female dancer back to his hotel in a breach of the Covid bubble

Rabbitoh's star Jai Arrow has been slapped with a $35,000 fine and banned for two games after he allegedly invited a female dancer back to his hotel in a breach of the Covid bubble

It's understood Arrow, 25, didn't leave the team hotel but invited the woman into the camp, pictured with his girlfriend, Miss World Australia Taylah Cannon

It's understood Arrow, 25, didn't leave the team hotel but invited the woman into the camp, pictured with his girlfriend, Miss World Australia Taylah Cannon

Koroisau was the 18th man for games one and two of the State of Origin series, and allegedly first invited the woman to join him at the Novotel in Homebush. 

The Penrith Panthers hooker allegedly sneaked the woman into the camp on June 20 - one day before the team was moved to Kingscliff in New South Wales' far north to escape Sydney's rampant coronavirus outbreak. 

The married father-of-two allegedly also met up with the woman on a second occasion, on the day of game two, when the team was in a 'bubble' to prevent any potential exposure to the virus. 

Koroisau has since been handed a $35,000 fine and suspended for two games or breaching the league's biosecurity bubble with the woman he met on Instagram. 

Koroisau issued a grovelling apology on Friday night while his wife Amy admitted she had been left 'immensely hurt'.

'I made the choice to do the wrong thing and my actions have brought shame and embarrassment to many people, especially my wife and children. I will be forever sorry,' the footy player said.  

Api Koroisau has been fined $35,000 and suspended for two games he allegedly put the entire NRL competition at risk by smuggling a woman he met on Instagram into the Blues hotel on two occasions

Api Koroisau has been fined $35,000 and suspended for two

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