Roosters forward Fletcher Baker in COVID isolation

The NRL has been thrown another COVID curve ball with Roosters forward Fletcher Baker forced into isolation after being deemed a close contact of a positive case.

Baker, who played off the bench in his side’s 46-0 loss to the Storm at Newcastle last Thursday night, is the latest NRL player to be placed in isolation after he went to a supermarket which was later listed as a COVID-19 exposure site.

Roosters forward Fletcher Baker.Credit:Getty

NRL players are allowed to leave home under level four COVID protocols to shop for essential household goods, meaning Baker didn’t contravene any of the biosecurity rules.

The NRL has avoided a potential disaster because the Roosters didn’t train over the weekend and Baker hasn’t come into contact with any of his teammates.

The Roosters are due to play the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.

Five Bulldogs players have spent 14 days in isolation after breaching an NRL directive by attending a Bondi pub, which was later listed as a COVID-19 exposure site, while Warriors players Euan Aitken and Josh Curran were on the same flight as a positive case.

All subsequently returned negative tests.

It comes as the Blues consider moving their State of Origin camp from Magenta Shores on the Central Coast to the far north coast of NSW as the NRL frantically works with the Queensland and Victorian governments to secure exemptions for the movement of NSW and Queensland players across borders.

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