Catalans-Leeds game OFF with Rhinos player showing coronavirus symptoms

Leeds Rhinos game against Catalans Dragons has been called off after the club opted not to travel to Spain this morning on medical grounds.

A member of the Rhinos team is also in self-isolation after showing symptoms of possible coronavirus.

The club say the player is being managed in line with the current Department of Health guidance with further steps for the rest of the squad being advised by the medical team ​in conjunction with the NHS.

The RFL Board decided on Tuesday the game would be played behind closed doors given the current pandemic, however, following the latest development, it was decided the Rhinos should not travel to Spain and France this weekend.

Players and staff were due to fly to Barcelona on Friday morning before travelling north to Perpignan ahead of Saturday’s game.

Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield has confirmed a Leeds player is showing coronavirus symptoms. Credit: Mark Cosgrove/News Images

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “We are disappointed to be in a position whereby we have had to make this decision but the health and well being of everyone is our paramount concern particularly with us having to fly to fulfil the fixture.

“We were travelling on a scheduled flight to Barcelona and with one of our players self-isolating, we felt it was the responsible thing to do both for our players and staff and members of the public who we would share the flight with.

“I would like to thank Catalans Dragons for their understanding.”

The Rugby Football League have also released a statement in which they imply there could be consequences for Leeds for failing to fulfil the fixture.

The statement reads: “We have been advised by Leeds Rhinos that they will not be travelling to France to fulfil their scheduled fixture against Catalans Dragons.

“The consequences of this decision on the match, and any sanction, will be determined by the RFL Board.”

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