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A group of NRL clubs are pushing for a reduction in Covid-19 testing, rallying to avoid daily testing in the final series.

The move follows a similar approach to the NFL’s covid testing regime, except the organization is breaking all covid protocols.

According to The Daily Telegraph, clubs are hoping the NRL will scrap its own protocols, where players will only be tested for flu-like symptoms.

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As it stands, the NRL has been actively monitoring the testing measures on a daily basis, and rugby league chiefs believe the system has stopped the spread of the virus among the playing squad.

Meanwhile, the NRL is considering reintroducing the balloon for the finals series and some clubs may implement their own Covid measures at the end of the season.

RLPA boss Clint Newton said the current system should remain.

“We’re 100 percent in favor of the current common sense approach when it comes to players coming into the bubble,” Newton said.

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“The NRL’s testing policy has been effective in curbing mass violence in clubs. That was evident in the fact that not a single game was postponed.

“We’ve seen limited players standing up.”

Newton explained that he believes players will change their mindset during the finals.

“You get players naturally cautious around the end,” Newton said. “Attitudes change throughout the year depending on what’s at stake,” Newton said.

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“A lot of players stay indoors more, they don’t put themselves in a position to be vulnerable. We do not support broad mandates and certainly any orders entered must be supported by very strong data and information.

“The biggest penalty for any player is to get Covid-19 and miss the playoffs or playoffs. So you know the risks.

In Round 19, the Sea Eagles came out with three players sidelined due to Covid-19, with Lachlan Crocker, Andrew Davey and Jake Trbojevic all missing in the club’s loss to the Dragons.

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