Manly’s Aloiai becomes first NRL player to test positive for Covid

Manly Sea Eagles player Josh Aloiai has become the first NRL player to test positive for COVID-19.

The club confirmed the news in a statement a short time ago, revealing the 26-year-old received the positive result today.

“Manly Warringah Sea Eagles can confirm NRL player Josh Aloiai has today received a positive Covid test result,” the statement said.


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“Josh was not due to return to official team training until mid-December and has had no recent face to face contact with his Manly team-mates.

“Josh is fully vaccinated and the Club is working with the NRL to ensure he follows NSW Health Orders and NRL protocols over the coming weeks.”

The Sea Eagles prop was due to step into the boxing ring for a heavyweight fight with former NRL star Paul Gallen in Newcastle on December 10.

But the Sydney Morning Herald reports the bout has now been cancelled following the virus diagnosis.

“It’s come as a shock, obviously COVID is well and truly still around,” promoter Matt Rose told the paper in a statement.

“Right now, we’re trying to work out how we can try to get the show back on before the year is out.

“We won’t know those details until early next week. We’ll work out what we can do in the coming days.”

The COVID-19 jab is not mandatory for NRL players.

Despite most of the League being vaccinated, there are still around 10-15 players yet to receive their first shot.