Broncos legend Allan Langer is one of three members of the Brisbane coaching staff to miss Friday night’s grudge match with the Rabbitohs after being busted breaching biosecurity protocols.
The Broncos have confirmed earlier reports that Langer and two other staff members have been placed on COVID-19 holds — and will not be able to re-enter the NRL’s isolation bubble until they have recorded negative coronavirus tests.
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The news has further derailed the Broncos ahead of their showdown with former coach Wayne Bennett’s South Sydney in a week where the under-fire club was further rocked by reports star forward Tevita Pangai Jr wants out of the club.
The Broncos released a statement confirming the identities of the other staff members to be stood down for the trip to Sydney.
“Three Broncos staff members will undergo COVID-19 testing after attending a private function in Brisbane,” the club statement claimed.
“The club became aware of the matter today involving football staff Allan Langer, Ryan Whitley and Blake Duncan, and contacted the NRL immediately.
“As a precaution, those staff have been placed on “COVID Holds”, and will undergo testing before returning to the Project Apollo bubble.
Broncos trainer Allan Langer with Anthony Milford.Source:News Corp Australia
“To adhere to best practice, the staff members won’t travel for tonight’s game in Sydney against the Rabbitohs.”
It was earlier reported by Brisbane Triple M rugby league reported Ben Dobbin that the three officials attended a private function at the notorious Caxton Hotel.
The Courier Mail’s Peter Badel revealed the private function was a birthday bash for Langer which was held in a private area of the famous watering hole — removed from the general public.
Langer is a huge loss for the Broncos with the 54-year-old being the chief message runner for the team for more than a decade. He has also previously been accused of going too far in his role and coaching the team on the field.
The Friday night game will also be missing Bennett, after the veteran coach was earlier this week busted dining at an Italian restaurant in Sydney’s inner-west on Wednesday with a woman believed to be his partner in a clear breach of the game’s biosecurity rules.
Bennett claimed he didn’t know he was breaching the NRL’s strict protocols, which ban players and coaches from visiting public places.
Bennett will now miss the Rabbitohs clash with his old club the Brisbane Broncos and next week’s game against the North Queensland Cowboys with assistant coach Jason Demetriou taking control of the team.
Former Queensland star Billy Moore wasn’t copping Bennett’s excuses.
“How is that possible? How can the most experienced coach in the competition not be aware of it?” Moore told Mark and Caroline on 92.7 Mix FM.
“Wayne Bennett went on the attack saying, ‘I’m the victim here. The rules have changed, I didn’t know the rules had changed’.
Tesi Niu and Allan Langer at training.Source:AAP
“I couldn’t believe the arrogance that came through from Wayne Bennett … almost like, ‘The rules don’t apply to me’.
“We saw the real character of Wayne Bennett, which is disappointing.
“What we saw, when attacked for doing something wrong, we saw the dark side of Wayne and I thought it was very poor.”
NRL 360 host Ben Ikin said: “I think it was so irresponsible, if anyone you think was going to set the right example for an entire code it would be the game’s most experienced coach.
“Instead he turned up at a press conference today having been caught out … at one point he was confused, he was uncertain about the rules.
“I think he ended the press conference calling a journalist small minded.
“It felt a bit arrogant to me, he made the mistake and should have just fessed up and you know admitted almost to struggling living in the bubble and he broke out of it.
“Because there’s no way known based on the phone calls I’ve made today that there is not a single NRL employee, player, coach whoever that is inside the bubble at the moment who does not know those rules.”
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