Rugby is a team game, and everyone has to play their part. However, the trust is that one extraordinary player can surely tip the scales in the team’s favour with their outlandish athletic skills. National Rugby League is preparing for its 110th season this year, but things will be a bit different this time. There are sports stars that we get so used to seeing on the field, that it hits us badly to suddenly find out they are no longer in the game, or when they have just landed themselves in grave trouble, eradicating all chances of continuing.
These changes are likely to affect those who will win this NRL Season. The absence of these members is not just a blow to the rugby fandom, but it will also greatly influence the outcome of the season’s results.
Let’s have a look at the players we’ll be missing badly in this season’s Rugby League:
While Junior Paulo did not face a complete suspension from the season, he did face the consequences of reckless behaviour. Paulo was put out of the Auckland Nine game; NRL All stars fixture games, as well as from the opening game on 4th March of NRL campaigns.
In addition to the above repercussions, Paulo was also sentenced to club sanctioned community service. All these events happened after Paulo was charged for tailgating a man, followed by assaulting him, in 2015. The Raiders stood with integrity and decided to act against the player’s reckless behaviour.
Paulo is allowed to play in the pre-season trial game On February 18th.
Cronulla Sharks player Ben Barba singlehandedly drowned his career when his test results returned positive with cocaine, soon after Sharks had a grand victory. This event lead to Barba’s being banned from 12 NRL games.
Barba did however realize his mistake–albeit belatedly–and took accountability for his ghastly behaviour. He is now working on addressing the issues to get his career back on track.
There are also rumours of Barba’s deal with the French Rugby club Toulon, and if he ends up fulfilling that deal, he will be ruled out of NRL’s entire season of 2017.
Holmes was Barba’s replacement for the NRL season 2017, but due to some bad strokes of luck running in the club, he pulled a hamstring injury during the trials games against the Broncos.
However the scans came out better than expected, and while Holmes’ career is not on the line anymore, he will be unable to play in the 2017 NRL season.
Cory Parker was the beloved skipper of the Broncos and has been part of 16 seasons and 336 games back to back. 2016 was the season when Parker said his farewell to the world of professional Rugby league and decided to take his retirement at the age of 34 years. Parker will surely be missed by the fans for his resilience and passion.
For better or for worse, these players will not be able to become a permanent part of NRL season 2017, and we might be looking at some new players in the spotlight this year.
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