Salford's Red Devils have had to cancel training sessions this week as it was revealed that five out of six unnamed Hull players tested positive for the virus after the teams played over the weekend. A sixth player will have to take a test again after the first test returned inconclusive results. Further more it is understood that two back room staff have also test positive.
This has meant that the team has had to cancel training sessions ahead of a now possibly postponed match against Catalan Dragons set to take place on Saturday.
So far no Salford players have tested positive for the virus that we are aware of but match officials have been scouring footage of the match to determine if any of them will be required to self isolate.
This will come as a huge blow to the Red and Rugby in general.
The club has issued the following statement on its website:
“Salford Red Devils and Hull FC have cancelled their scheduled training sessions for Wednesday morning after a number of Hull FC players tested positive for Covid-19 following Sunday’s Betfred Super League fixture between the teams.
“This decision has been taken in the interest of the health and wellbeing of all Salford Red Devils players and staff.
“Five Hull FC players who were involved in the match have tested positive, in addition to a sixth who was not in their matchday 17 – while a sixth member of Sunday’s 17 is having a retest after an inconclusive result.
“All who test positive are now required to quarantine for 10 days – until August 21 – in line with national guidance.
“Two members of Hull’s coaching staff have also tested positive.
“Public Health England, the Hull FC players and staff, and the Salford Red Devils club were informed of the situation this evening.
“Salford’s routine weekly test results have not yet been received, but the RFL is now analysing Sunday’s match to determine how many players from each team will also be required to self-isolate under the test and trace procedures that have been agreed with Public Health England.
“Announcements on the impact on forthcoming Betfred Super League and Coral Challenge Cup fixtures over the next two weekends will be made as soon as possible.”
Edited by KARL