Dugan was fined for an incident on August 20 when at about 11.30pm the Cronulla Sharks centre was caught driving with another man in Lithgow – around 150km from his home – in a direct breach of the NSW public health orders and the NRL’s biosecurity protocols.
The NRL released a statement to announce Dugan had been removed from the club’s biosecurity bubble and that he had copped the significant fine.
Josh Dugan has been fined $50,000 for his second COVID-19 breach in two months. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images
“In considering the proposed penalty, the NRL took into account that the alleged breach was Dugan’s second serious contravention of biosecurity protocols in the past two months,” an NRL media release read.
“The NRL alleges that Dugan has shown a continued failure to comply with the protocols and poses an unacceptable risk to his teammates in the NSW bubble.”
The Lithgow incident is Dugan’s second COVID-19 breach after he was caught dining at a restaurant in Potts Point in June in a direct breach of the NRL’s COVID-19 biosecurity protocols for which he was fined $25,000.
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Dugan’s recent COVID-19 offence not only breaches the NRL’s biosecurity protocols but also the NSW public health orders and is due to appear at Lithgow Local Court on October 7.
The 31-year-old was charged with two counts of not complying with COVID-19 public health orders and is facing a further $10,000 in fines.
Dugan allegedly told police he and the passenger were “moving to the area and were going to feed the animals” when he was caught in Lithgow before being told to head back to Sydney, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Josh Dugan has represented Australia and New South Wales but has been told by incoming coach Craig Fitzgibbon his services will not be required next year. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Later in the evening officers caught the pair a second time travelling away from Sydney and again directed them back to Sydney.
Under Sydney’s lockdown laws residents must stay within 5km of their home when travelling only for essential reasons.
Dugan did not travel with the Sharks to Queensland and will not take any further part in the 2021 NRL season.
The former Kangaroo and NSW Blues representative is off-contract at the end of this year and has been told he will not be re-signed by incoming coach Craig Fitzgibbon.

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