Brisbane’s NRL preseason has been complicated by 16 players and three members of the club’s football staff testing positive for COVID-19.
- The 16 players and three staff have been ordered to isolate themselves for the next seven days at home
- Despite the large number of positive cases, the remaining 22 members of the Brisbane team attended training on Thursday
- Each member of the Broncos game group is double-vaccinated
The Broncos announced Wednesday that four players tested positive for the virus, but the quarterbacks were all asymptomatic.
These players have since returned to training, seeing their tests taken during the Christmas period and they had complied with the mandatory seven-day isolation from the Queensland government.
The rest of the team was sent out for testing on Tuesday, with 16 additional players recording positive findings.
They have all been ordered to isolate themselves at home for the next seven days and will be allowed to return to training if they have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
Despite the large number of positive cases, the remaining 22 members of Brisbane’s team attended training on Thursday.
Each member of the Broncos playgroup is double-vaccinated.
“Our most important concern is the health, safety and well-being of our players and staff, and we are fully committed to ensuring that they are cared for while in isolation,” club manager Dave Donaghy said in a statement.
“The COVID test measures are in place to protect our people and our program and these results show that the system is working.
“These cases are picked up early, allowing us to deal with them quickly and effectively, and then move on with our pre-season.
“We have taken a proactive approach to tackling this challenge, which will have many turns next season. Our goal, as a club, is to tackle every challenge as [it arises].
“As COVID’s spread across the community, we will continue to work closely with our players, staff, the NRL and the Government of Queensland.”
The Broncos’ latest news comes a day after Prime Minister Penrith confirmed “a significant number of NRL players and club staff are currently self-isolating and will not be available this week to resume training for the season “.
A statement from Panthers said the findings were either positive tests for COVID-19 or identified as a close contact of a positive case.