Kiwi rugby league international Benji Marshall’s week has gone from bad to worse after he was quarantined from his Wests Tigers team mates for breaching social distancing protocols by kissing a reporter.
The veteran halfback, who was sensationally dropped by Wests on
Tuesday for the weekend’s match against Canberra, fell foul of the
National Rugby League’s strict biosecurity rules when he greeted a
television reporter with a peck on the cheek at training at St Luke’s
Park in Sydney.
“Marshall was involved in a social distancing incident with an
accredited reporter, which was immediately reported to the NRL as per
guidelines,” Wests said in a statement.
“Under those guidelines, Marshall will remain at home tomorrow, which
is a scheduled day off for Wests Tigers NRL squad, while the reporter
undergoes a COVID-19 test.
“Assuming a negative result is returned, no further action will be required by Marshall or Wests Tigers.”
Seven Network reporter Michelle Bishop tweeted: “Just goes to show
you, we can all get caught up in life and forget what kind of world we
are living in at the moment. Off to be tested.”
Marshall will not be allowed to return to the club until Bishop’s test result is confirmed, the NRL said.