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A Leeds Rhinos player has shown symptoms of coronavirus and has been tested.
Leeds made a decision not to travel to France on Friday for Saturday’s Betfred Super League round seven clash with Catalans Dragons.
Rhinos’ director of rugby Kevin Sinfield insisted the club have taken the “responsible” decision, despite the threat of a possible sanction from the Rugby Football League for not fulfilling the fixture.
The player at the centre of the scare has not been named, but trained with the first team on Monday before feeling ill and being sent home with antibiotics the next day.
“He improved a little bit on Wednesday morning, but had a bad night and that led to him spending five hours on the phone to the NHS,” said Sinfield.
“He had full symptoms, however because of the volume of calls received they were only testing a very small minority.
“He was told because he had not been out of the country for 14 days and had not been in contact with anybody who has been diagnosed so far he would not require a test.”
“He is in self-isolation and his family have also been isolated and sent home from work,” he added.
“Until we get that result the player in question is trying to do all the things you have to do when you have a virus like that.
“It has been really tough and difficult for the squad, who found out yesterday.”
Sinfield stressed Rhinos would have played if the game had been in the UK, but it would have been “really, really irresponsible” to travel and risk infecting people on the flight as well as at Catalans.
“It was pretty tough, but I absolutely believe we got to the right place.”
Source- Yorkshire Post