WARRINGTON Wolves youngster Riley Dean has been handed a 14-day suspension after breaching the RFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
Dean, 19, made his debut against St Helens last year but is banned from all rugby league activity, including training, until August 30th after breaching the rules on August 16.
The ban comes following a change to the RFL’s Operational Rules in response to the recent breakout of coronavirus in Super League, which saw nine Hull players test positive.
It now means a standard punishment for any breaches of protocol outside training and matches, with the 14-day period consistent with the self-isolation period required following close contact with a person who had tested positive for COVID-19. St Helens are still currently 11/4 favourites to win the title ahead of leaders Wigan and Warrington who have odds of 3-1 SafeCasino
Karen Moorhouse, the RFL’s Chief Regulatory Officer, said: “Covid protocols were established in the weeks leading up to the resumption of the Betfred Super League season earlier this month, with an emphasis on player education and collective buy-in, and with clubs encouraged to agree and enforce their own codes of conduct.
“In the main the Protocols have been observed, and we are grateful to the majority of clubs and players and other individuals involved for their responsible and disciplined approach.
“However we are in a situation where breaches of the Protocols by any individuals connected with the game could have serious repercussions for all – either an impact on individual and public health, or in terms of disruption to the rescheduled fixtures list. It is therefore important that appropriate sanctions reflecting the reasons for the regulations are imposed. The ability to enforce a 14-day stand-down reflects this.”
As well as Dean, reigning Man of Steel Jackson Hastings, now at Wigan, and Huddersfield forward James Gavet were also handed 14-day suspensions.