The manager of former Parramatta back-rower Manu Ma’u has confirmed his client isn’t one of the five players from Hull FC that tested positive for COVID-19 following the club’s recent match against the Salford Red Devils.
The English Super League season is in doubt after the Hull players succumbed to the global pandemic.
A sixth Hull player, who was not in the squad for Sunday’s match against Salford, plus two members of the coaching staff, have also tested positive. A member of the Red Devils is being retested after an inconclusive result.
Manu Ma’u in his Parramatta days. Picture: Benjamin Cuevas.Source:Supplied
Both teams have cancelled training sessions planned for Wednesday, and all those who tested positive are now required to quarantine for 10 days in line with national guidance.
Ma’u, who played 115 games for the Eels from 2014-2019, is one of seven ex-NRL players in the Hull squad.
The Tongan international’s agent Tyran Smith said the former Parramatta fan favourite wasn’t impacted by the virus.
“I spoke to Manu early this morning and he is fine,” Smith said.
“A couple of players tested positive to COVID, and the whole club has been instructed to self-isolate.”
Hull’s Albert Kelly. Picture: AAP Image/Craig GoldingSource:AAP
The Australian RLPA have also reached out to Hull FC to offer any support, with the likes of ex-Cronulla and Gold Coast playmaker Albert Kelly and former Melbourne and Wests Tigers back Mahe Fonua in the Hull side.
The club released a statement on Wednesday to outline the plan moving forward.
“The Rugby Football League is now analysing Sunday’s match to determine how many players from each team will also be required to self-isolate under the test and trace procedures that have been agreed with Public Health England,” the statement said.
“Announcements on the impact on forthcoming Super League and Challenge Cup fixtures over the next two weekends will be made as soon as possible.”
The Super League restarted on August 2 following a five-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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