The NRL has issued the NRLW’s Caitlin Moran with a breach notice for a controversial post she made on her social media account, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“The National Rugby League today issued Newcastle Knights player Caitlin Moran with a Breach Notice alleging a breach of the NRLW Code of Conduct following a social media post published on Friday 9 September 2022,” a media release from the NRL stated.
The Knights announced, in a separate club statement, that they supported the decision made by the Integrity Unit to suspend Moran for one match.
“Moran today met with National Rugby League Chief Executive Officer Andrew Abdo to discuss the situation,” the statement noted.
“Moran will not play in Sunday’s round five NRLW clash against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons at Central Coast Stadium.
“She will also be required to attend education and training as recommended by the NRL Wellbeing and Education department in consultation with the Club and the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council.
“In addition, the Club has committed to undertake further educational programs for both NRLW and NRL squads.”
Newcastle’s NRLW coach Ronald Griffiths defended Moran when he claimed it was a “complex issue”, in the aftermath of the post.
“She’s a proud indigenous woman who held strong views about historical injustices.
“The relationship between Indigenous people and the monarchy is a complicated one.
“If Caitlin has done something then it will be investigated by the Integrity Unit and we’ll work our way through the process.”
Moran was also handed a monetary fine equating to 25% of her current NRLW contract, which will be wholly suspended. However, she must fulfill a number of requirements for this to remain the case.
“Rugby league is an inclusive game and has a proud and strong relationship with many communities,” the NRL stated.
“Regardless of any personal views, all players and officials must adhere to the professional standards expected of them and on this occasion, the public comments made by the player have caused damage to the game.”