NORL scraps match between chickens and bulldogs for fear of COVID-19

The NRL has taken the sensational step of postponing the Canterbury match against the Cinni Roosters until Monday night, fearing the coron virus.

Canterbury forward Aiden Tolman was informed on Saturday night that a teacher at his child’s school had tested positive for the virus.

Laguna Street Public School, south of Sydney, was closed until June 25, with a warning that children are likely to bring the virus home.

Tolman made an emergency coronavirus test in anticipation of NRL results at lunch on Sunday.

Just a few hours before a positive test kick-off, the NRL was reluctant to take the risk, leaving the schedule in disarray, so they postponed the match.

The Bulldogs v Roosters game has now been moved to 7pm on Monday, and the St. George Illavara v Cronulla match on Sunday has started at 7pm instead of the evening of.

“We’re testing that player (Tolman) fast as we talk. We believe the risk is minimal, but we will not take the risk, “ARL Commission Chairman Peter V’Landes told the AAP.

“The message is that we are not taking any risks with our players or the community. The risk is very low but the risk is not worth taking.

“We moved the match to 2pm last night and the St. George Illavara-Cronulla match is scheduled for 4pm today.”

At this stage Tolman is being tested as the only Canterbury player, if he returns a negative result, there is no risk to any other teammate.

The match was the first to be infected by a virus since the NRL resumed last month.


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