Brooks was on his manner residence to interrupt the information to his accomplice of just about 18 months, Tahlia, after being caught off guard by the medical consultants.
“We had been informed in the present day, ‘should you’re not residing collectively, you may’t see them’, which goes to be powerful,” Brooks stated.
“We’ll must discover a approach to cope with it. We’re planning on shifting in collectively in a few months. Within the meantime, we’ll have to make use of Zoom name. I solely noticed her this morning.
“If we wish to play footy and hold doing what we love doing, we now have to stay with the rules.”
Each participant was knowledgeable concerning the NRL’s strict biosecurity measures and had issues answered by medical consultants.
Coaching was initially anticipated to start out on Tuesday however was pushed again 24 hours to permit gamers to digest the data and make alternate residing preparations if required. Discipline classes shall be restricted to teams of eight and 10 this week.
Cook dinner stated the Souths gamers waited in parked vehicles earlier than being given a particular time they may enter the again of the Redfern grandstand.
The gamers had been later unfold out throughout the NRL, reserve grade and under-20s dressing sheds, needed to take away their footwear and put on their “Redfern footwear” earlier than being addressed by the membership’s newly promoted head of soccer Mark Ellison, membership physician Andrew McDonald and Mike Inexperienced, who is understood by the gamers and performed a couple of of their pre-season military camps.
Going to the seashore and enjoying golf are banned. Strolling canines, which was initially black-listed, is allowed, as resides with individuals who work on the entrance line in well being and at major colleges.
Wests Tigers gamers arrived at their new short-term base at Cintra Park, the place they may practice till their state-of-the-art academy at Harmony Oval is accomplished earlier than the 2022 pre-season.
Membership legend and assistant coach Brett Hodgson was noticed carrying a face-mask and taking the temperatures of gamers upon arrival.
Tigers boss Justin Pascoe informed the Herald for many of the gamers it was like “their first day at college” and a ”monumental achievement to get the sport again on”.
“That does not come from people doing it, it comes as a collective effort from gamers, employees, the governing physique, the federal government, the biosecurity consultants,” Pascoe stated.
“It has been a unprecedented effort with what’s been achieved thus far, and now it is about understanding these protocols and ensuring we do get the sport again on for the good thing about the neighborhood.”
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.