SIX Warrington Wolves players will be forced to miss the club’s next two games after being made to self-isolate following a coronavirus outbreak at last weekend’s opponents Wakefield.
Two Trinity players received positive tests for COVID-19 last night, and although the Wolves’ playing and coaching staff have already had a full set of negative tests this week, six players are being required to self-isolate based on Test and Trace analysis of the 36-0 win over Wakefield on Sunday.
It means the six players, the identity of which remain unconfirmed, will miss the game against Hull on Friday and next Thursday’s game against Castleford.
Coach Steve Price has previously said that the Wolves would do whatever it takes to ensure the season can continue, and their 21-man squad announcement due on Wednesday was delayed as a result of the news.
The outbreak at Wakefield has forced their game against Leeds, scheduled for Thursday night, to be postponed – as Super League continues to battle to fulfil its fixtures amidst the pandemic.
Karen Moorhouse, the RFL’s Chief Regulatory Officer, said: “In what are unprecedented and uniquely challenging circumstances for the sport, we should first recognise the importance of the health and wellbeing of the players and other staff, and their families, at the clubs who have been affected.
“Again, we have been forced as a sport to show our ability to move quickly to ensure we still have a programme of four attractive fixtures in the Betfred Super League – and again, we are grateful to the flexibility of the clubs involved, and of our broadcast partners, in agreeing to these changes at such short notice.”