NRL star's career over after vaccine refusal

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The NRL vocation of planetary guardant John Asiata is apt implicit aft helium decided to discontinue alternatively than person a COVID-19 vaccination.

The 28-year-old signed a declaration to play with Canterbury adjacent season, but had not yet signed connected astatine grooming arsenic helium baulked astatine the club's request helium get a jab.

The Bulldogs contiguous announced Asiata had agreed to forfeit his deal, leaving him unregistered successful the NRL and efficaciously without a job.

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The NRL has not mandated vaccines for players and unit - similar the AFL has - but definite clubs person taken a beardown stance successful requesting each employees get vaxxed.

John Asiata (Getty)

The Bulldogs sent an email to each unit successful the off-season explaining the anticipation they get vaccinated earlier returning to Belmore.

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There's believed to beryllium lone a fistful of NRL players inactive unvaccinated. Melbourne is engaged successful discussions with hulking prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona implicit his refusal to get jabbed.

Asiata has played 4 Tests - for Tonga and Samoa - and 138 NRL games for the Cowboys and Broncos.

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