NRL 2020: David Nofoaluma and Josh Aloiai tested for coronavirus
Two Wests Tigers stars will have to pass a COVID-19 test in order to play against Brisbane on Friday night.
Nofoaluma and Aloiai live in the Liverpool and Campbelltown areas, now deemed coronavirus hot spots.
Under strict NRL protocols, the players must be tested before being allowed to play.
A positive result to COVID-19 could force the suspension of the NRL season.
Tigers assistant and former club legend Brett Hodgson will also be tested for coronavirus on Thursday as he lives in Sydney’s west.
Nofoaluma and Aloiai attended Thursday’s captain’s run but left immediately after they were notified by the NRL they needed to undergo testing.
Neither Nofoaluma or Aloiai displayed any symptoms and had passed the daily temperature and symptoms checks when they arrived at training on Thursday morning.
Development player Jack Seeney and coaching staff member Simon Dwyer, who also live in the affected region, were also sent for testing.
Tigers coach Michael Maguire is hopeful Aloiai and Nofoaluma will be cleared of coronavirus.
“We are just following protocols,” Maguire said.
“They have gone straight to testing and no doubt we will get the results back soon.
“I’m sure those types of things (tests) are going to happen over a period of time.
“We understand the world we are living in and we have to do the due diligence to make sure he game and everyone is safe.”