Catalans v Leeds off after Rhinos player self-isolates

Dave Kuzio:

Catalans Dragons versus Leeds Rhinos has become Super League’s casualty because of the pandemic with Saturday’s game being postponed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought down another sporting event following the suspension of the NBA season and the cancelation of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The Rhinos have taken the decision not to travel to Spain on Friday ahead of their Super League round 7 clash against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan after a player self-isolated after suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

The Yorkshire side were set to fly to Barcelona before making their way over to the South of France, but these developments have forced them to cancel their plans.

The player, who has not been named, is being managed in line with the current Department of Health guidance and subsequent steps with the remainder of the squad, if necessary, will be advised by the Rhinos medical team.

The game originally got the go-ahead to take place behind closed doors, but it will now not go ahead meaning the Rhinos will now have two games in hand on leaders Wigan Warriors.

Director of Rugby for Leeds, 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 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 confirmed the game will not take place, a statement read: “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.”