The Brisbane Broncos have been dealt a massive blow ahead of preseason training, with almost half of the playing squad testing positive to Covid-19.
As part of a return to training today, all players and staff had to undergo tests.
The club’s now confirmed that 16 out of 38 players have returned positive results along with three staff members in the Football Department.
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They’ve now gone into seven days of isolation and will follow the Queensland Government health and safety protocols.
Brisbane Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy says the club is fully focused on looking after the players while they’re isolating.
“The COVID testing measures are in place to protect our people and our program and these results show that the system is working,” Mr Donaghy said in a statement.
“These cases have been picked up early, allowing us to deal with them promptly and effectively, and then move forward with our pre-season.
“We’ve taken a proactive approach to managing this challenge, which will have many turns over the coming season. Our goal as a club is to tackle each challenge as they arise.
“As the spread of COVID grows across the community, we will continue to work closely with our players, staff, the NRL and the Queensland Government,” he said.
The players and staff will be tested again after seven days of isolation and will be able to return to training if they have not shown symptoms for the previous 48 hours.
All Broncos players and staff have been double vaccinated.