South Sydney Rabbitohs player Tom Burgess tests positive to COVID after following trip to Byron Bay 1

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Tom Burgess tests positive to COVID after following trip to Byron Bay

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South Sydney Rabbitohs are forced to abandon pre-season camp after Tom Burgess tests positive to COVID following trip to Byron Bay

  • NRL star Tom Burgess has returned a positive Covid result, reports say
  • The English front-rower was due to travel to Latrell Mitchell’s farm in Taree for pre-season camp with team
  • Players were alerted of his result and forced to return to Sydney to undergo testing after direct contact with Burgess 


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South Sydney Rabbitohs have been forced to abandon a pre-season camp after Tom Burgess tested positive for COVID-19.

Burgess, 29, returned a positive result on Saturday following a trip to Byron Bay with his family last week, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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The English front-rower was due to travel to Latrell Mitchell’s farm in Taree with his team on Friday when he reported that he had flu-like symptoms.

Report: The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been forced to abandon a pre-season camp after Tom Burgess, 29, (pictured) reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Report: The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been forced to abandon a pre-season camp after Tom Burgess, 29, (pictured) reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Tom was advised not to travel with the team and get tested where he his results came back positive result on Saturday morning.

According to the publication, the Rabbitohs were alerted and a decision was made for the team to return to Sydney as he had made direct contact with the players.

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Burgess had been holidaying in Byron Bay with his fiancée Tahlia Giumelli and brother Luke when he contracted the virus.

The English front-rower was due to travel to Latrell Mitchell's farm in Taree with his team on Friday when he reported that he had flu-like symptoms

The English front-rower was due to travel to Latrell Mitchell’s farm in Taree with his team on Friday when he reported that he had flu-like symptoms 

Safety first! Tom was advised not to travel with the team and get tested where he his results came back positive result on Saturday morning

Safety first! Tom was advised not to travel with the team and get tested where he his results came back positive result on Saturday morning

It’s unclear wether they have also returned a positive result.

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Photos shared to Instagram show Tom and Luke Burgess taking photos with fans while partying in the NSW beachside town.

Byron Bay has had more than 130 Covid positives in the last week. 

Burgess had been holidaying in Byron Bay with his fiancée Tahlia Giumelli and brother Luke when he contracted the virus. Pictured with Tahlia in Byron Bay last week

Burgess had been holidaying in Byron Bay with his fiancée Tahlia Giumelli and brother Luke when he contracted the virus. Pictured with Tahlia in Byron Bay last week

Oh no! Photos shared to Instagram show Tom (left) and Luke Burgess taking photos with fans while partying in the NSW beachside town

Oh no! Photos shared to Instagram show Tom (left) and Luke Burgess taking photos with fans while partying in the NSW beachside town

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The Rabbitohs are not the first NRL club to be affected by the outbreak.

Manly forward Josh Aloiai reportedly tested positive for the virus last month while preparing for a boxing bout against former NRL star Paul Gallen.

The Knights were also forced to abandon training last week because of a major scare in the area.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Tom Burgess for comment.

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Fan friendly: Byron Bay has had more than 130 Covid positives in the last week. Luke (left) pictured with a fan (right)

Fan friendly: Byron Bay has had more than 130 Covid positives in the last week. Luke (left) pictured with a fan (right)

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