Leeds Rhinos have taken the decision to close their training ground for a minimum five day period following six players and one member staff testing positive for COVID-19.
All players and staff who have tested positive are isolating at home for a minimum of 10 days along with any other individuals who have been identified as a contact trace, as per government guidance.
However, in consultation with the RFL, the Rhinos have now opted to close the training ground for at least five days with all players and staff having to produce a negative PCR test before they return. All players and staff will also do a Lateral Flow Test each day whilst the training ground is closed.
The training ground will undergo its scheduled full deep clean this week whilst the players and staff are off site. In line with Government guidelines, Public Health England have been informed.
Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “Firstly, I would like to thank our players and staff for how they have adhered to the guidelines and rules in place since we returned to training.
“We are in a privileged position as an elite sport that we can continue to train. With that privilege comes a great deal of responsibility.
“Whilst this may be a short disruption to our pre-season plans, it is important that we look after the well being of our people, their families and the local community.”