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Temp checks just the surface for staff going above and beyond

It's a long way from their usual day-to-day jobs in rugby league but several of the game's Queensland-based employees, including the entire Jillaroos coaching staff, are playing key roles to help ensure the NRL continues to operate under its biosecurity measures.

Jillaroos coach Brad Donald is leading the charge in Queensland with assistant coach Jamie Feeney and strength and conditioning coach Simon Buxton as biosecurity liaison officers for NRL clubs.

Kangaroos elite performance manager Troy Thomson and player pathways co-ordinator Rachelle Wheeler are also among those in Queensland who are working behind the scenes and away from their usual day jobs within the game.

"There's a lot of people and it doesn't matter where they fit in the NRL, willing to do whatever they can to get the footy back up and running," Donald told NRL.com.

"Our people have been redeployed and are doing a good job. I think we all want to show that there is nothing below us to get the game back. We've got staff cleaning players and coach's shoes on game day, checking players' temperatures or spraying and wiping down equipment across in 9/10-hour days.

"But if that's what we have to do to play our part and given there's only a few of us based in Queensland, then I'm happy to do that and there's plenty of other people who feel the same."

The Sharks line up for temperature checks ahead of their clash with the Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
The Sharks line up for temperature checks ahead of their clash with the Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. ©Michael Chambers/NRL Photos

The Broncos, Roosters and Sharks have hit the headlines in recent weeks after some of their players went over the 37.2 degree cut-off limit in body temperature within hours of games.

Broncos halfback Brodie Croft was the first player to test for a high temperature by Donald prior to the side's round three clash with the Eels.

A secondary temperature check a short time later left Croft in the clear.

"Once they sit out, take their jackets off and relax in a cooler environment it works out for them … they're at the ground early as it is so there's plenty of time for their temperature to return to normal," Donald said.

"Most of the time they arrive to the ground, have been sitting in a warm room with a jacket on and the nerves can contribute to a small rise in temperature.

"The Roosters got a bunch of mattresses sent to Suncorp Stadium before their match last week and some had a sleep. They came down to enter the clean zone and three of them were all above the temperature mark.

Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner gets his temperature checked at Suncorp Stadium.
Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner gets his temperature checked at Suncorp Stadium. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

"All we're doing is following a process – you go to another spot, wait 15 minutes, have another test and nine times out of 10 you come through unscathed and can head to the change rooms.

"If you're sick you ring the chief medical officer and they'll tell you what to do but so far that hasn't happened yet."