The Bulldogs’ season is going from bad to worse as they consider applying for an exemption after being hit with a Covid outbreak.
Phil Gould said he would be applying to the NRL for special exemptions after Canterbury was rocked by Covid cases on Wednesday.
Gould, the Bulldogs general manager of football, took to Twitter to reveal the club would approach the NRL for permission to fill spots in the travelling squad for an away game against the Broncos on Friday if players are ruled out.
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Some players tested positive on Rapid Antigen Tests and were sent for PCR tests.
“Covid and injury issues @NRL_Bulldogs this morning. Players have been sent for PCR tests to confirm RAT results,” Gould tweeted. “We will be applying to NRL for exemptions to fill our player quotas for this trip to Brisbane. The world these days.”
The Daily Telegraph reports at least four players tested positive on RATs. Under NRL protocols, all players must take a RAT before training.
The Bulldogs play Brisbane in the Queensland capital on Friday night, desperate for a win to get off the bottom of the ladder.
Coach Trent Barrett has been under the microscope following a lacklustre start to the season, which has resulted in just one win from six attempts.
Kyle Flanagan was parachuted back in as halfback — the third No. 7 Canterbury has used in 2022 — and has looked promising but his first two appearances for the season ended in losses to Penrith and Souths.
The Bulldogs’ only win of the year so far came in round one when they beat the Cowboys 6-4.
They will hoping for a better result against the Broncos on Friday, having lost 16-10 to Brisbane in round two.
Originally published as Phil Gould to apply for exemptions as Bulldogs rocked by Covid cases