The NRL has taken the extraordinary step of postponing Sunday’s game between the Bulldogs and Roosters over a potential biosecurity problem.
It comes after a teacher at a school in Caringbah tested positive to the virus.
The children of Bulldogs forward Aiden Tolman attend the school, which has now been closed until June 25 with students told to self-isolate.
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The Bulldogs-Roosters clash will now be played on Monday night, while the clash between the Dragons and Sharks, originally scheduled for 6.30pm on Sunday, will be brought forward to a 4pm kick-off.
Tolman is set to undergo testing for COVID-19 on Sunday, but it’s not clear at this stage if other Bulldogs players will also be required to get tested.
ARL Commission Chair Peter V’landys says the change will ensure the health and safety of the players and the community.
“There’s a very remote risk of infection within the Bulldogs squad. To ensure there is no risk at all, the player will be tested today and the game delayed until tomorrow to ensure the test results have returned,” V’landys said.
“I want to congratulate the Bulldogs for swiftly informing the NRL.
“I want to thank our broadcast partners for their assistance, at very short notice, in changing the schedule. The changes will ensure our fans will still be able to watch a game on free to air television this afternoon.”