Three Penrith players have been issued breach notices by the NRL – with one also being stood down by the club – for controversial photos that surfaced following their 2021 premiership triumph.
The NRL preliminary final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles has been delayed by 15 minutes, with the Sea Eagles’ stuck in traffic en route to Suncorp Stadium.
In a horror start to the sudden-death match for Manly, the underdogs’ bus turned up late to Suncorp Stadium, after being caught in Brisbane’s famously troublesome Friday night traffic.
The NRL have announced a new start time of 8:05pm (AEST) to allow the team to go through their normal pre-match preparations, back 15 minutes from the original 7:50pm kickoff.
— NRL (@NRL) September 24, 2021
The Sea Eagles were forced to get a police escort through the streets of Brisbane to the stadium, with the club taking to Twitter to thank Queensland Police for their efforts.
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) September 24, 2021
In a season once again forced to undergo significant upheaval due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is nothing the NRL and its clubs can’t handle… but we somehow doubt the Sea Eagles will be so chancy with the traffic should they make it to next Sunday’s grand final.