CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Josh Reynolds of the Tigers looks on during the warm up before the start of the NRL trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at Barlow Park on February 17, 2018 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers duo Josh Reynolds and Russell Packer walked out of Brookvale Oval last night because they were feeling “cold”.

According to News Corp Australia, the pair abandoned the players’ dugout and headed home at half time with their team trailing 20-12.

The incident will infuriate fans as the pair are two of the highest-paid players at the Tigers. Reynolds is on $850,000 a year, while Packer is on $750,000.

Injured utility Michael Chee Kam also left the venue.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire downplayed the incident and said both players were not required to be at the ground as they were not in the team.

“Look there’s no hard and fast rule they have to be at games,” Maguire told News Corp Australia. 

“Russ [Packer] was our 19th man and Josh came to be around the boys.

“However I understand from a perception point of view what you’re thinking.

“They didn’t really give me a reason – they just said they were cold and wanted to go home.”


  1. Wests need to offload these two disrespectful players right now, they have shamed the Tigers jersey and Club. Packer has had so many chances and can’t see anyone pick him up. Reynolds will have to earn a spot back in any team now, he’ll be lucky to get a spot though.

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