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Well there’s speculation that NAS is sticking to his no vaccination guns and is preparing to leave the NRL and Oz due to his inability to train and play due to restrictions placed on unvaccinated players.

The rumours link him to RU

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It can be revealed two-time NRL premiership Storm prop and New Zealand international Nelson Asofa-Solomona is set to join the Japanese League One competition ahead of the 2023 season.

It is understood he will join Japanese powerhouse Panasonic Wild Knights, who are mentored by former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

But as the 2m, 130kg giant prepares to say sayonara to rugby league, Rugby Australia are keeping a close eye on his movements and could yet offer him a short-term deal.

RU Australia seems to prefer their players to be vaccinated, but apparently Japan doesn’t have such mandates in society and so could be the fairly drastic answer for NAS, say for one season at least.

 

‘It’s not mandated here. We just have really strict protocols in place,” said one Wallaby, who is currently playing in the League One competition.

 

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11 hours ago, Graham said:

Well there’s speculation that NAS is sticking to his no vaccination guns and is preparing to leave the NRL and Oz due to his inability to train and play due to restrictions placed on unvaccinated players.

The rumours link him to RU

RU Australia seems to prefer their players to be vaccinated, but apparently Japan doesn’t have such mandates in society and so could be the fairly drastic answer for NAS, say for one season at least.

 

‘It’s not mandated here. We just have really strict protocols in place,” said one Wallaby, who is currently playing in the League One competition.

 

Give him a tennis racket - that will give him an free pass on vaccines

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8 hours ago, Anita Bath said:

Give him a tennis racket - that will give him an free pass on vaccines

Maybe not: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-australia-59964905 

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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35 minutes ago, Anita Bath said:

Yes …and the winner is…the legal profession! 
 

There could be an election riding on the outcome. If it is overturned it means rich foreigners can play tennis without vaccines but Australians need to be double vaxxed to pay and watch.

 

Whatever the right or wrong reasons behind this decision, I still think it's the correct one.

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"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

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big jason t of the cowboys to follow - they wont be able to play international ru outside japan so whats the point? also damaging to the chances of nz and tonga in the rlwc not to mention thinning the quality 

did the bloke who invented the phrase "one hit wonder" invent anything else?

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98 per cent of players are now vaccinated with only a handful of hold outs. NRL clubs are also reportedly free to dock pay and eventually terminate players who refuse to become vaccinated, given they will face restrictions and the inability to play interstate games given travel requirements.

The Canterbury Bulldogs were the first team to take decisive action, parting ways with John Asiata in December.

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Given 2023 is the touted time of Asofa-Solomona's arrival according to the report, it's still unclear what will happen with him and the Storm in the 2022 season.

According to the report, Japan has relaxed all restrictions against unvaccinated individuals, meaning Asofa-Solomona would be free to sign a contract in the country.

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1 minute ago, Graham said:

98 per cent of players are now vaccinated with only a handful of hold outs. NRL clubs are also reportedly free to dock pay and eventually terminate players who refuse to become vaccinated, given they will face restrictions and the inability to play interstate games given travel requirements.

The Canterbury Bulldogs were the first team to take decisive action, parting ways with John Asiata in December.

And 93% double vaccination rate in general is it ? So how are these young fit players such an existential threat and to whom ?

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Good luck to the bloke. Pity he'll be playing in a lesser team in a lesser competition. It'll be interesting to see what he does in the 2022 season though. Surely that was the first thing he should have sorted out. (maybe he has?)

In 2023 the situation regarding Covid in Oz might have changed drastically and this move then might not be necessary.

 

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Aye…sent home with no prospect of participation in the next major.

 

I believe he is being courted by E&W cricket board as they search for an opening batsmen. It took the Aussies two weeks to get him out…he lasted much longer than any of the England  batsmen!

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According to Fox Sports, Asofa-Solomona is set to break his contract and switch codes to Japanese rugby outfit Panasonic Wild Knights for 2023, where vaccination is not a requirement for athletes.

Storm CEO Justin Rodski told SEN said it was a "sensitive" situation that the club hopes to have resolved in coming weeks.

"We're really still hopeful and optimistic that he'll be able to return to commence official pre-season training sooner rather than later," said Rodski.

"He has been training away from the club. He has a program at the moment, so we know that he's keeping himself in good condition.

"In terms of time frame on that (resolving the situation), I actually couldn't say at the moment. It is a sensitive one and we're working through that.

"The process is there and we're hopeful that we'll be able to resolve it in the coming weeks."

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2 hours ago, Graham said:

 

According to Fox Sports, Asofa-Solomona is set to break his contract and switch codes to Japanese rugby outfit Panasonic Wild Knights for 2023, where vaccination is not a requirement for athletes.

Storm CEO Justin Rodski told SEN said it was a "sensitive" situation that the club hopes to have resolved in coming weeks.

"We're really still hopeful and optimistic that he'll be able to return to commence official pre-season training sooner rather than later," said Rodski.

"He has been training away from the club. He has a program at the moment, so we know that he's keeping himself in good condition.

"In terms of time frame on that (resolving the situation), I actually couldn't say at the moment. It is a sensitive one and we're working through that.

"The process is there and we're hopeful that we'll be able to resolve it in the coming weeks."

Let's hope common sense prevails

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2 hours ago, Graham said:

Storm CEO Justin Rodski told SEN said it was a "sensitive" situation that the club hopes to have resolved in coming weeks.

"We're really still hopeful and optimistic that he'll be able to return to commence official pre-season training sooner rather than later," said Rodski.

"He has been training away from the club. He has a program at the moment, so we know that he's keeping himself in good condition.

"In terms of time frame on that (resolving the situation), I actually couldn't say at the moment. It is a sensitive one and we're working through that.

Meaningless waffle . 

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