Victoria Country Roosters to play without vaccinations at Easter Australia Open

Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews says he hopes the move will send a message that vaccinations can’t be too lax.

Australia’s rugby league side have been banned from competing at this year’s AFL Australian Open for not vaccinating players.

The Victorian government have said the Australian rules league Victoria Country Roosters were unqualified to represent the country at the tournament.

There are no unvaccinated players in the Victoria Country team, which won the junior division at the national open hockey championships last year.

“My instruction to sports bodies is ‘when you select a team, please vaccinate,’ because there’s a serious risk of diseases like whooping cough and whooping heart,” Premier Daniel Andrews told ABC radio.

“Do you think some of our children, who live in this great country with these wonderful people, may not receive their shot?

“This little group that’s been chosen [to represent Australia], they get up and show up as soon as they hear what’s happened. Do you think we should set an example?”

The Roosters play at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne against NSW Country in a Saturday evening match.

“We have laws that are followed at every level, we haven’t changed the laws – we have simply said that it should be the best choice for parents and for players and every other person who are involved in sport and has a choice to make about whether they’re vaccinated,” Andrews said.

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