The Sydney Roosters have found themselves in the middle of the state’s latest COVID-19 scare, with all players and coaching staff ordered to undergo testing for the virus.
It comes after it was confirmed that a man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs, who has tested positive to the virus, was at a cafe that’s situated in Moore Park where the club’s offices are located.
The Azure Cafe has been listed as an exposure site on the NSW Health website.
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According to the Daily Telegraph, the cafe is regularly attended by Roosters players and staff.
The club is now urgently tracing the movements of all players and coaching and administration staff, who have been told not to go into work today.
According to Channel 9 sports reporter Danny Weidler “Any players or staff identified as attending the venues at the nominated times will not be permitted to rejoin the group.”
BREAKING: NRL being proactive re COVID case in Sydney’s east. @sydneyroosters players movements currently being traced by the club. And any players or staff identified as attending the venues at the nominated times will not be permitted to rejoin the group. @9NewsSyd @NRLonNine.
— Danny Weidler (@Danny_Weidler) May 5, 2021
NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley said they will take “precautionary steps”.
“We’re doing everything we can to get more information about the movement of players,” Annesley told the Daily Telegraph in a statement.
“We were alerted late last night and we will take all precautionary steps as soon as possible.”
The Sydney Roosters are due to take on the Parramatta Eels tomorrow night.