31 hours ago
Broncos to play Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night
The Brisbane Broncos have agreed to play against the Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night despite the disrupted preparation of their team.
The Broncos have not been able to train all week because of an enforced quarantine because of Karmichael Hunt's positive test to swine flu.
Club management threatened not to play tonight but after further consultation an agreement was reached.
The team will now run out tomorrow night despite not having trained as a unit for over a week.
"Today when the Queensland Health Service made the decision that the players would be able to play despite the quarantine, we were a bit caught out," said chief executive Bruno Cullen.
"We had happily followed their instructions to the letter all week so thought there would be no chance of playing the game tomorrow night.
"For the majority of the players the 72-hour quarantine was not going to finish until 10pm tomorrow night.
"Our medical staff also indicated that they thought with no preparation all week there was a real risk of injury due to the physicality of the game that is the NRL.
"So when we made that indication to the NRL it was because we were of the opinion that it would just be impossible to play tomorrow night and some sort of compromise would be better for the players.
"But after talking through the issue more tonight with the management, club directors and coaching staff, we thought if the players wanted to play, we would let them play.
"That is why we have made the decision to support them tomorrow night.