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The St George Illawarra Dragons have been assisting Russell Packer and his family with his program of rehabilitation, since January.

Throughout this time our Club has provided updates to the NRL on Russell's progress and the Club has been, for some time, awaiting advice on the NRL's expectations and requirements if and when Russell was to return to rugby league.

Late yesterday afternoon (Thursday, April 9), the NRL provided the Club with advice, marked ' Confidential ', to "digest".

Russell Packer has not been cleared to play rugby league at any level, and the Dragons were advised by the NRL that there were matters requiring further clarification before Russell may be cleared to play Rugby League.

"The Club will be considering the NRL's advice, as will Russell and his family. We will need to clarify additional matters, to then be able to discuss with appropriate stakeholders and advisors," said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.

Russell will be continuing to maintain his commitment to the established welfare and education program that he has been following since January, that is - individual training in the morning, work during the day, Illawarra Cutters training in the afternoon and study in the evening - until the Dragons, NRL and other relevant stakeholders have the opportunity to consider the advice thoroughly.

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St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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