Leeds Rhinos' Super League game at Catalans Dragons called off after French club's coronavirus outbreak

Leeds Rhinos' Betfred Super League fixture at Catalans Dragons has been postponed for a second time.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 5:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th August 2020, 5:32 pm

Rhinos were due to travel to France on Monday September 7, but the rescheduled game was called off yesterday, two days after three Catalans Dragons players and a member of staff returned positive tests for Covid-19.

The tests followed Catalans’ win over Wakefield Trinity last Saturday and their full squad will still be in isolation on September 7.

Catalans’ fixture tomorrow has also been postponed, with Castleford Tigers stepping in as late-notice opponents for Wigan Warriors.

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Rob Lui on the attack for Rhinos against Catalans last season. Picture by Andrew Varley.

Leeds were originally set to visit Perpignan in March, but opted not to travel after on-loan player Joe Greenwood showed symptoms of coronavirus.

He was later cleared of the virus.

A Super League statement confirmed: “A decision on rescheduling [the game] will be made in due course and the RFL and Super League will now actively explore all available options to avoid any further disruption to the fixture calendar.”

The RFL have also confirmed this season’s Betfred Women’s Super League will not start and Women’s Coral Challenge Cup has been abandoned.

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