Pan­ther stood down for breach

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - Char­lie Staines.

Syd­ney: Char­lie Staines – the Pan­thers teenager whose four-try de­but al­most led to a pub be­ing drunk dry in his ru­ral home­town – has been stood down for a “naive’’ COVID-19 biose­cu­rity rules breach.

The 19-year-old cen­tre grabbed a quar­tet of tries in the Sharks’ big win over the Pan­thers last Satur­day – to the cost of the pub­li­can at Forbes’ Post Office Ho­tel who had promised his 50 pa­trons a free beer for ev­ery Staines score.

But, any chance of the for­mer Forbes Magpies junior get­ting a re­peat run may have been dashed af­ter host­ing a party for 10 fam­ily and friends.

The Pen­rith Pan­thers in­formed the NRL on Mon­day of a breach of NRL biose­cu­rity pro­to­cols by Staines.

It said fol­low­ing Satur­day night’s game against Cronulla, Staines hosted 10 visi­tors at his place of res­i­dence. The visi­tors in­cluded his par­ents, his sis­ter, the par­ents of his part­ner and four friends. Cur­rent NRL biose­cu­rity pro­to­cols stip­u­late play­ers can host up to 10 visi­tors at their home each day, how­ever guests must at­tend in groups of no more than five.

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