As the Bulldogs players enjoy a break in the sunshine of Queensland during their bye weekend, Newcastle officials are less than pleased.
Earlier this month, the Knights were criticised by Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould for allowing their players to vacation in Bali during their bye week. Now, photos of Canterbury stars Jake Averillo and Kyle Flanagan soaking up the sun on Hamilton Island and Port Douglas have raised questions of perceived double standards.
While Gould’s criticism of the Knights was harsh, some may argue that Queensland is a safer and healthier destination than Bali. Nevertheless, Newcastle has chosen not to openly criticise the Bulldogs, likely due to Gould’s significant influence in the rugby league community.
Bulldogs CEO Aaron Warburton defended the team’s use of their bye for a mid-season holiday, stating that the extended weekend allowed players to refresh both mentally and physically before preparing for their upcoming match against the Roosters.
Gould has not responded to requests for comment, and Newcastle officials have declined to engage in a public battle with him. While Bulldogs players enjoy their break, Newcastle will be focusing on their next match against the Penrith Panthers.