More Dragons drama as ‘dirty dozen’ players refuse to sign NRL Covid assurance

A number of St George Illawarra’s Covid dozen have reportedly refused to sign a document that would allow them to be available for Dragons selection next week.

Twelve teammates congregated at Paul Vauaghan’s house last weekend for a party, breaching the NRL’s strict Covid bubble rules.

Vaughan was sacked on the spot by the Red V but the 12 others have been stood down for one game, as well as being fined $1000 by police for the breach.

Those suspensions are allowed to be spread over four different rounds, to allow the Dragons to be able to field a team over the coming month.

But now The Daily Telegraph reports a number of the players have received legal advice not to sign a statement which the NRL requires in order to allow them to play next week.

The document includes an assurance only the 13 players plus Vaughan’s wife were present at the party, and no players came into contact with any person outside the team’s bubble.