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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have handed down their punishment to all 5 players concerned in a latest biosecurity breach.

Dylan Napa, Corey Waddell, Sione Katoa, Brandon Wakeham and Aaron Schoupp attended Coogee Bay Hotel and Royal Hotel in Bondi on June 20.

The Bulldogs confirmed all 5 have been fined following disciplinary hearings, with the fines to be paid out into ‘Bulldogs in the Community’ courses.

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The amount every single player was fined by the club was not disclosed.

The fines are in addition to these handed down by the NRL.

“These players breached the criteria and anticipations we set as a Club and they have been penalised appropriately,” reported CEO Aaron Warburton.

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The NRL fined the Bulldogs $50,000 on June 30 for the incident following criticising the club for “failing to get all affordable measures to be certain its players comply with NRL Principles.”

The gamers them selves were being also fined by the NRL with their salaries and “the alleged shortcomings of the club’s communications” taken into account.

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Dylan Napa – $5,000

Brandon Wakeham – $1,750

Corey Waddell – $1,500

Sione Katoa – $1,250

Aaron Schoupp – $250

In a statement at the time NRL CEO Andrew Abdo took aim at both the club and gamers for the breach.

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“In this instance we think the Bulldogs failed to make certain the upgraded protocols have been evidently spelled out to their gamers,” he explained.

“This sanction sends a crystal clear information to each individual club that you will have to do all the things possible to make sure players understand the protocols.

“The gamers also have an obligation to search for further info if they are uncertain of the upgraded biosecurity suggestions. Given the breach took position quite a few times right after the upgraded protocols experienced been communicated, we believe that a sanction upon the gamers is also proper.

“In issuing the sanctions, we have taken into account that the gamers experienced a diploma of confusion about the protocols.”