Nathan Cleary and Tom Trbojevic forced into self-isolation after player tested positive for COVID at Blues camp

Rapid tests on race days cost around $ 1,000 to $ 10 per participant. Based on 50 players and staff from each of the 16 clubs tested over 40 weeks of the year, the NRL would consider a bill of $ 2 million for regular testing.

Clubs were briefed on Monday night of the scare of the Emerging Blues camp with the young player in question asymptomatic when he joined teenage Sydney Roosters sensation Joseph Suaalii and pair Manly Haumole Olakau’atu and Jason Saab at the camp .

Players are put to the test at Emerging Blues Camp over the weekend.Credit:Gregg Porteous / NSWRL

NSW coach Brad Fittler did not attend the event as he was already self-isolating following a COVID alert while on a regional motorcycle tour. Fittler’s support staff, including Greg Alexander, Danny Buderus and Andrew Johns, who has since started working with Newcastle, are all housebound for the next week.

Cleary and Trbojevic were invited to address the group of players at the Sydney Olympic Park headquarters of the NSW Rugby League on Saturday night.

Cleary is now in isolation for the week while his Panthers teammate Api Koroisau, who refused to be vaccinated, can officially resume training on Wednesday as restrictions for unvaccinated people are relaxed in NSW from December 15.

The trio of St George Illawarra Tyrell Sloan, Jayden Sullivan and Junior Amone were on the south coast of NSW during a two-day training camp and were forced to return home for late COVID testing Monday.


A member of the NSW women’s team has also tested positive and some of the game’s top players, including Kezie Apps and Millie Boyle, have been signed up to attend the summer session.

NSWRL said in a statement on Tuesday: “NSWRL was informed last night of a positive COVID-19 test following a high performance camp at the NSWRL Center of Excellence over the weekend of December 11-12. The test took place after the end of the camp.

“NSWRL adheres to the strict health and biosecurity protocols of the NRL Project Apollo, which includes self-isolation and COVID-19 testing, to ensure the safety of players, staff, officials and the community. community at large. “

Newcastle players have been forced to get tested and self-isolate as a precaution following the spike in the number of cases in the Hunter region, while Wests Tigers players lost a day of training last week due to fear of COVID with a trainer.

Some clubs have become so worried that they have discussed canceling all community events to give themselves the best chance of preventing a player from contracting the virus.

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