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The NRL players are starting to emerge after a long period of isolation due to the coronavirus, with Cameron Smith looking unrecognisable with a long beard.
The Storm were pictured leaving their AAMI Park headquarters following their education briefing before heading to NSW to commence pre-season training on Tuesday.
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Melbourne skipper Smith looked like he could be auditioning for a role in the next wolverine movie as he sported a beard.
Storm players returned to AAMI Park on Monday for the first time in more than a month, forced to queue on taped marks on the ground before being temperature tested in their first encounter with the new NRL biosecurity measures. Star winger Josh Addo-Carr was first to arrive after last week’s breaches of social distancing laws while in NSW.
The club was given an exemption by the Victorian government to hold its education day at its headquarters.
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However, the state of emergency in place prevents the team training at its home ground, forcing the Storm across the border into NSW.
While the Storm await official sign-off from the NSW government on their Albury training facilities, Donaghy said that looking further ahead they were poised to play a number of game interstate when the season resumed.
Cameron Smith arrives for a briefing session for players and staff at AAMI Park.Source:AAP
“We don’t (expect to be playing at home),” said Donaghy, due to Victoria’s tighter restrictions.
“I’m accepting of the fact that probably for the first little period of time, we’ll be playing a few away games.
“The competition structure hasn’t been confirmed but I would suspect that would be the case.”
Players exercise social distancing at AAMI Park.Source:AAP
Ryan Papenhuyzen arrives at AAMI Park.Source:Getty Images
Meanwhile Adam Jackson tweeted: “The Broncos players are leaving the club’s training base with the NRL’s 40 page bio security protocol in hand after being briefed by officials.”
Broncos players are leaving the club’s training base with the NRL’s 40 page bio security protocol in hand after being briefed by officials. @9NewsQueensland pic.twitter.com/HVuFG8lXWI
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Originally published asWolverine, is that you? NRL players emerge from isolation and all eyes are on Cam Smith
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