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‘It was dumb by me’: Roosters axe Smith for Eels clash over ‘rookie mistake’ during bye week

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Brandon Smith has been dropped after failing to attend a Sydney Roosters team meeting during their NRL bye week.

Smith missed the Roosters’ mid-season review on June 3, a self-described “rookie mistake” the premiership-winning hooker feared could prompt the club to terminate his lucrative contract.

The sixth-placed Roosters have not yet taken that action, but at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon the club’s coaching staff decided Smith would not play in Saturday’s round-15 clash against Parramatta.

The decision came after the Roosters handed Smith a breach notice last week, frustrated at the latest in a list of indiscretions committed since he arrived from Melbourne in 2023.

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