SUPER LEAGUE has been thrown into chaos after several Hull FC players tested positive for Covid-19.
Six of the Black and Whites’ stars’ samples showed they have coronavirus, plus two of their coaching staff.
Five were involved in Sunday’s thrashing by Salford. A seventh squad member, who also played, is having a retest after an inconclusive result.
Now the competition’s restart may be in tatters after just one full round of fixtures.
The Hull players who have tested positive must now quarantine for 10 days, meaning Sunday’s clash with Castleford may be called off.
And Salford’s fixture with Catalans Dragons on Saturday is also in doubt, leaving the Red Devils, who hammered Hull 54-18 on Sunday, seething.
Ian Watson’s men have been stood down from training in the morning after learning of the news on the east side of the country. Andy Last’s side will also not train tomorrow morning.
Even ref Liam Moore, who took charge of the game and has been named to take St Helens’ clash with Wakefield this Sunday, may be unable to officiate.
The results, which many fear are a ‘disaster’ for the sport, became known tonight.
Salford’s routine weekly test results have not yet been received, but the Rugby Football League is now analysing Sunday’s match to determine how many players from them and Hull will also be required to self-isolate under the test and trace procedures that have been agreed with Public Health England.
As yet, neither Hull nor Salford’s matches – and the former’s Challenge Cup clash again with Castleford six days later – are formally called off.
But an RFL 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.”