Rugby league will survive coronavirus, insists Kevin Sinfield

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield says the sport will survive the coronavirus pandemic in some form.

The rugby league season has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The future of full-time rugby league in the UK remains unclear, but Sinfield thinks the sport will not die.

He said: “It will be really tough if this goes on for three or four months.

“We are really concerned and worried about what the future of the game will be but I guarantee that the game will survive in some form or another. It has to and it will always be here.

“We are a little concerned of how it will look at that point but everybody will pull together and stay strong.”

Last week, Leeds have confirmed eight players and staff are self-isolating after showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Sinfield has provided an update on the Rhinos squad, and says the squad are showing good signs of pulling through the outbreak.

He added: “Nobody has tested positive which has been great. We have got a fair few who are showing symptoms and are self-isolating.

“I think some of the lads are going a little bit stair crazy because they aren’t training or following their usual routine but they understand the bigger picture.

“The players and staff are at the forefront of every decision we make. We care about them, we support them and we are all in this together so we will come through it.”

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