NRL stars in isolation after Covid scare

Two Sydney Roosters players are self-isolating for the mandatory 14-day period after coming into contact with Covid-19 cases.

Fletcher Baker and Brad Abbey each attended separate locations deemed Covid-19 hot spots and have been advised by NSW Health that they are considered close contacts.

The incident prompted the cancellation of Roosters’ training on Monady.

Baker and Abbey have both been tested for Covid-19.

Baker, who attended a supermarket which has been deemed a hotspot, has already returned a negative test. However, the 21-year-old must still self-isolate for the full 14-day period in accordance with NSW Health’s Covid-19 restrictions.

The apartment building in which Abbey lives has recorded a Covid-19 case and he is currently awaiting the results of his Covid-19 test.

Neither player is accused of breaching the NRL’s strict Level 4 Biosecurity Protocols, which mandate players stay home unless training, playing or completing an essential household task.

Abbey, who made his NRL debut with the Bulldogs in 2017, has yet to play first grade for the Roosters since joining the club on a train-and-trial deal this season.

Abbey previously played for the Bulldogs and Raiders. (AAP Image/SNPA, Adam Binns)Source:AAP

Baker has played eight games for the Roosters this year, including the club’s recent trouncing at the hands of Melbourne, but will miss this Saturday’s clash against the Bulldogs due to the self-isolation period.

The Roosters are set to resume training once Abbey returns a negative Covid-19 result, which the club hopes will be tomorrow.

The news of the pair’s Covid scare comes on the same day that the NRL handed down $305,000 in fines to 13 Dragons players who breached the league’s stay-at-home orders on July 3.

Eleven of the Dragons’ 17 that beat the Warriors in extra time on Friday attended a party at prop Paul Vaughan’s house the following day.

Vaughan’s $50,000 fine — the same penalty incurred by teammate Corey Norman — is the maximum financial sanction that can be handed down by the NRL to a player.

The league also alleges Dragons players withheld key information from the NRL integrity unit when asked about the breach over the weekend.

“The 13 players’ arrogance and ignorance to both the NRL biosecurity protocols and the state government’s public health order is upsetting and infuriating,” said Dragons CEO Ryan Webb in a statement.

“All 13 players have let the rest of their teammates, the entirety of our hard-working staff, their families, the wider community and most importantly our Red V members, partners and fans, down.”

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