Three South Sydney players — including Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell — turned away from the NRL club’s headquarters and sent to get COVID-19 tests have returned negative results.
- South Sydney star Latrell Mitchell and Melbourne Storm’s Josh Addo-Carr were recently fined for breaching social-distancing laws
- As Souths prepared to begin training after the NRL’s coronavirus shutdown, Mitchell and two teammates showed mild flu symptoms and were tested for COVID-19
- The three tested negative and they can now join Souths in getting ready for the scheduled NRL season restart
In a major relief to the NRL, Mitchell, Adam Reynolds and Liam Knight were all cleared after showing mild symptoms of the virus on Monday morning and being sent home.
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has also reportedly been cleared after being tested for the virus.
Souths issued a club statement late on Monday night confirming the players had been sent for testing.
“Results have shown that all players have been cleared of COVID-19 infection,” it said.
“The Rabbitohs are taking the NRL’s health protocols very seriously, hence why these three players were sent for testing today.”
Mitchell’s test came just a week after the full-back-turned-centre and Melbourne Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr were fined by NSW Police for breaking social-distancing laws.
The pair were pictured with 10 other men around a fire, near Taree in mid-north NSW.
Robinson had a sore throat and opted to self-isolate at home rather than join his team at club headquarters on Monday.
The coach tested negative, 9News reported on Tuesday.
Speaking on Fox League Live, former Souths captain Sam Burgess had identified Mitchell, club captain and half-back Reynolds and prop Knight as the players who were sent away from training.
“The protocols are pretty tight, the 32 players and 18 staff, one entrance point, one exit,” Burgess told Fox League.
“Your temperature is checked, you fill out a wellbeing form, pretty standard practice really.
“They ask you a few more detailed questions and if you answer ‘yes’ to any of those questions in terms of sore throat and runny nose, then straight away you are sent off to get a test, just to double check and make sure that everyone is safe.
“What’s happened today with the players, I think a few of them had a cough, or one of them had a runny nose.
“With the testing we’ve got in place, we sent them off straight away to get a test.”
Warriors hooker Nathaniel Roache was cleared of COVID-19 on Monday but that diagnosis came too late for him to join his teammates, who flew from Auckland to their quarantine base in Tamworth a day earlier.
Roache had to miss the flight, leaving the club to make plans for him to join them later and potentially undergo self-isolation.