Jack de Belin latest Dragons player caught up in COVID breach

Jack De Belin is the latest Dragons player to be named among a group who broke COVID restrictions at a party on the weekend Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Jack de Belin has become the latest player caught up in St George Illawarra's COVID-19 breach after it emerged he also attended Paul Vaughan's Saturday night barbecue.

NRL investigations have continued into Vaughan's house party after NSW Police issued 14 separate $1000 fines for breaching stay-at-home orders.

De Belin was not initially included on the list of offending players but it was confirmed on Monday that the former NSW State of Origin lock also visited Vaughan's Shellharbour home.

Several other senior players have also become caught up in the incident, including Josh McGuire, Jack Bird, Matt Dufty and Corey Norman.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has criticised the players, claiming they had jeopardised the rest of the state.

But it will be de Belin's attendance that now raises the most eyebrows.

The 30-year-old is only four games back from missing two-and-a-half years of football as part of the NRL's no-fault stand-down policy while fighting sexual assault charges.

His case was subsequently dropped after two hung juries, with de Belin able to resume his NRL career.

Questions will now be asked as to why his name had not been raised in early investigations and if there had been an attempt to cover-up his attendance.

The NRL is working on how to sanction the players and playing bans remain an option.

Even if the league's integrity unit does not sideline the group, there is some chance the club could still come down hard.

They would still have the numbers to field a side in their next match against Manly in round 18, but it would be significantly weakened and will be played just two days after Tariq Sims and Ben Hunt run out in State of Origin III.