NRL COVID breachers able to play on

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Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook believes players are confused by changing COVID-19 protocols as the NRL indicates players who breach them won't be won't be pulled from this weekend's matches.

Titans captain Kevin Proctor was reportedly spotted playing the pokies in a Sydney pub on Thursday night without a mask in a breach of the game's rules.

Under level-two restrictions imposed this week due to the Queensland outbreak, players are able to visit pubs and any other venue but they must wear a mask while indoors.

When asked on Friday if players were confused over what is required of them, Holbrook said: "Yeah, but that's the environment that we're in, it's always changing and we've got to make sure we adapt as quickly as we can.

"We don't do anything intentionally that's for sure.

"We all know with COVID things change all the time, we've got to be ready to change with it and that's our job to get it right."

There is some confusion over whether Proctor was in an indoor or outdoor area without a mask, but Holbrook said the club needed to be better at communicating the restrictions.

"He was actually in an open area as well which is OK, it's when you're in an inside area when you can't social distance that's the issue," Holbrook said.

"He wasn't in that situation but that's OK, it's done now. We've just got to stay aware of it."

According to the Daily Telegraph, Proctor was joined by three other Titans players while in the venue.

However it's understood the matter is not considered serious enough to force Proctor to be tested or put him at any risk of missing Saturday's clash with Canberra.

Instead any breaches will be left with the integrity unit to determine any punishment for breaking the game's rules.

Likewise Wests Tigers centre James Roberts and Parramatta utility Will Smith have been cleared by the Apollo committee to continue playing after attending Tim Tszyu's fight on Wednesday night.

Again, both players could still potentially face other punishments from the NRL next week.

Sydney has not had any COVID hotspots since January, meaning the NRL does not see it necessary to pull players out of training or games like they did last year to have them tested.