Josh Dugan cops huge NRL fine for alleged lockdown breach

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Seen here, Josh Dugan looks on in anguish during an NRL game for the Sharks.
Josh Dugan has been fined $50,000 by the NRL after being charged by police for breaching Covid lockdown rules. Pic: Getty

The NRL has slapped Josh Dugan with a whopping fine after the Cronulla Sharks star was charged by police for breaching Covid-19 lockdown protocols.

Dugan has been fined $50,000 by the NRL and booted out of Cronulla's biosecurity bubble for his second breach in less than two months.

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The 31-year-old former Australia and State of Origin star was charged by NSW Police earlier this week for breaking state health orders by allegedly attempting to travel with a friend to Lithgow in western NSW.

The pair were pulled over twice and ordered to return home, allegedly telling police they were moving to the area and were going to feed animals before confessing that they were visiting a friend.

"The (NRL) has issued Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks player Josh Dugan with a breach notice for failing to comply with the game's biosecurity protocols," a statement on Thursday read.

"The notice proposes Dugan is fined $50,000 and removed from the club's biosecurity bubble in NSW.

"The notice alleges Dugan drove to Lithgow with a friend on the evening of 20 August, in contravention of the game's level 4 protocols."

Pictured here, Cronulla's Josh Dugan during an NRL game for the Sharks.
Cronulla's Josh Dugan was reportedly caught by police more than 150km away from home on Friday night, a clear breach of lockdown orders. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan's NRL career in the balance

It has put Dugan's 215-game NRL career in severe jeopardy because he is without a contract for next season.

Two months ago he breached the NRL's biosecurity rules after going to a restaurant while under the game's strict protocols as the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in Sydney.

Dugan was fined $25,000 by the NRL and he wasn't included in the Cronulla squad when the Sharks moved to their Queensland camp.

"In considering the proposed penalty, the NRL took into account that the alleged breach was Dugan's second serious contravention of biosecurity protocols in the past two months," the statement read.

"The NRL alleges that Dugan has shown a continued failure to comply with the protocols and poses an unacceptable risk to his teammates in the NSW bubble."

The ex-representative star now has five days to respond to the breach notice.

He is set to face charges of not complying with NSW health orders at Lithgow Local Court on October 7.

The 31-year-old has not played since round 11 and there is every chance the Sharks' win over St George Illawarra that night could have been his last game in the NRL.

with Yahoo Sport staff

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