The entire NRL competition could be in doubt after yet another of the game's stars breached quarantine protocols within the Covid player bubble.
Troubled Wests Tigers centre James Roberts was pictured soaking in the sun of his hotel balcony - something banned by the code after players and family members were photographed passing lollies to guests on floors above and below.
The images from the Novotel Hotel in Surfers Paradise infuriated Queensland health authorities who allowed the NRL to move the entire competition to Queensland two weeks ago in the midst of Sydney's spiralling Covid outbreak.
Troubled Wests Tigers centre James Roberts (pictured at the Gold Coast Novotel two weeks ago) was pictured soaking in the sun of his hotel balcony - something banned by the code after players and family members were photographed passing lollies to guests on floors above and belowInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The relocation came after a string of players were found to have breached quarantine rules prompting the state's chief health officer Jeannette Young to issue the NRL with a stark warning about the future of the competition.
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.'
To make sure players did not intermingle from balcony to balcony, Queensland Health forced players to tape their doors shut.
NRL families have been forced to tape their balconies shut and send photo proof to Queensland Health after they were pictured breaching quarantine rules
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
Players and families passing each other goodies was the second Covid breach in quick succession after Daily Mail Australia revealed last week that married Penrith Panthers hooker Apisai Koroisau sneaked a woman he met on Instagram into the Blues State of Origin camp.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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 and Koroisau was fined $35,000 and banned for two games.
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
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