Six Argentina players, two staff removed Rugby Championship for COVID-19 breaches

Six Argentina players, two staff removed Rugby Championship for COVID-19 breaches

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 01/10/2021
[Photo: Getty Image]

Six Argentina players and two staff have been removed from the Rugby Championship for breaching tournament health rules after taking an unauthorised trip to the New South Wales resort of Byron Bay.

The tournament has been operating under strict biosecurity protocols in Australia's northeastern state of Queensland due to COVID-19.

The eight team members are Sebastián Cancelliere, Lucas Chioccarelli (manager), Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Pablo Matera, Rodrigo Martínez (video analyst), Santiago Medrano and Santiago Socino, Argentina confirmed.

SANZAAR says players have broken the tournament's rules when they travelled across the Queensland state border.

It says they have informed Argentina Rugby that all members of this group are now ineligible to participate further in The Rugby Championship as they have breached tournament rules.

The governing body says they are disappointed that such a breach has occurred given the clear rules that are in place to ensure the health and safety of all players and staff.

SANZAAR adds players who are stopped from re-entering Queensland by police would stay in New South Wales until rejoining the rest of the Argentina squad on Sunday.

The Wallabies will meet Argentina at 7.05pm tomorrow and the All Blacks face the Springboks at 10.05pm tomorrow.

[Source: Newshub.co.nz]



Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
Queen Elizabeth II passes away
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
9 days ago

Fiji wins Melrose Cup after 17 years
Fiji wins the RWC 7s title after 17 year drought
10 days ago

2022 Electoral Amendment Bill
AG tables Electoral Amendment Bill in parliament to be debated and voted on without delay on Thursday /+ARTICLE-281411+ARTICLE/ AG attacks the ...
27 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
Rabuka's comments irresponsible and misleading - Usamate
Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate says People’s Alliance Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka's claim that water is being carted to people from the Raint...
6 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
People’s Alliance says Caught Out after Fijian Govt Facebook post on American meeting
The People’s Alliance says for the information of the Fijian Government, this week’s meeting in the White House between US President Joe Biden ...
3 hours ago

FDB and Visa Worldwide’s new partnership to benefit individuals and Small and Micro businesses
Individuals and Small and Micro Businesses are expected to benefit from the new partnership between Fiji Development Bank and Visa Worldwide Pte ...
4 hours ago

Police seek assistance to find 79-year-old Marimuthu Gounder
79-year-old Marimuthu Gounder has been reported missing at the Valelevu Police Station. He was last seen yesterday morning by relatives at their ...
4 hours ago

Sayed-Khaiyum and Bainimarama have difficulty expressing genuine empathy for the people - Rabuka
People's Alliance Party Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka says Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has difficulty recognising Fiji's fear and this sort of ...
5 hours ago

FEO to conduct voter registration drive in the Western Division this weekend
The Fijian Elections Office will be holding a targeted voter registration drive in the Western Division from this Friday to Sunday. Supervisor of ...
5 hours ago

TOP