The NRL is investigating a potential Covid-19 breach involving the New Zealand Warriors.
Consultant and ex-NRL player Brett Finch was hired by acting head coach Todd Payten just over a week ago - primarily to focus on player welfare - but has now come under scrutiny by the league after appearing to have broken the club's bubble by appearing on a rugby league podcast.
Finch, who was seen in the coach's box during the side's Friday night loss to the Penrith Panthers, appeared on a Youtube podcast called YKTR Sports on Thursday. Photos then appeared on social media showing Finch mingling with the hosts of the show.
"[Finch] has been isolated from the Warriors group until we get advice from our biosecurity experts," an NRL spokesman said late on Friday night.
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The Warriors have yet to publicly respond to the investigation but Payten did make note of Finch's presence at the game during his post-match comments.
"He's been really good. I think having him in has been good for him as well. He likes to talk and that was probably the loudest box we've had for a while," Payten said.
According to the NRL's biosecurity guidelines, those inside a club bubble are only allowed to leave for a small range of reasons including playing, training, and medical emergencies.