South Sydney Rabbitohs have confirmed that three players were tested for Covid-19, and have been cleared of the virus.
Reports emerged down under that a number of Rabbitohs players had been sent for tests after showing flu-like symptoms.
Among them was believed to be star centre Latrell Mitchell, who was recently fined $20,000 for breaching social distancing regulations alongside fellow players Josh Addo-Carr and Tyronne Roberts-Davis.
South Sydney head coach Wayne Bennett said the players had been advised by doctors to take tests and stay away from the club’s training base, telling the Sydney Morning Herald: “We are all following protocols. The doctor questioned them upon entering the training facility and our medical staff were there with doctors to undergo screening.
“They were asked all questions about whether they had a sore throat, runny nose or have been coughing. If they had one of those symptoms in the last 24 hours we sent them straight off to be tested for coronavirus.”
However, the club have now released a statement confirming the players’ tests came back negative for Covid-19, and they will be free to join in training when it resumes.
In a statement on their official website, they added: “The Rabbitohs are taking the NRL’s health protocols very seriously, hence why these three players were sent for testing today.”
The NRL is set to resume on May 28, with clubs set to return to training throughout the next week.