Newcastle Knights squad player Tyronne Roberts-Davis has been fined alongside NRL stars Josh Addo-Carr and Latrell Mitchell for breaking social distancing measures at the weekend.
Police were told a group of more than 10 men had gathered on a rural property near Taree on Saturday, in contravention of current ministerial directions.
A photo of the group was posted on Melbourne winger Addo-Carr’s Instagram account and, while Roberts-Davis was not in the image, he was spotted in another picture with Addo-Carr.
Officers from the Manning-Great Lakes Police District handed the trio $1,000 Personal Infringement Notices (PINs) after investigating the alleged breaches to the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW).
Police are also investigating other potential offences, including possible breaches of the Firearms Act (1996), with Addo-Carr posting a video of him using a rifle.
The NRL, which aims to resume training on 4 May and set a target for the competition to return on 28 May, released a statement on Monday.
It described the players’ actions as “disappointing and an unacceptable breach of health orders”.
“Our players are role models and we expect them to lead by example during this pandemic,” the statement read.
“The NRL will be speaking to the players involved to seek further information and we will ensure the players provide any assistance authorities require.
“We are embarking on a significant education program to ensure our players understand what is acceptable behaviour ahead of the resumption of training.
“When training resumes, our players and officials must comply with biosecurity protocols that go further than current government restrictions.
“As a group, our players have taken government health orders very seriously and have helped educate the community.”
Roberts-Davis previously played seven NRL matches for the Gold Coast Titans. He earned a contract with the Knights after impressing at the 2020 NRL Nines.
Police urge anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. Information is treated in strict confidence.
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