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NSW casualty ward: Xerri on coronavirus scare

The NSWRL casualty ward will keep you up to date with all the latest injury information for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues, True Blues and Emerging and Future Blues.

Cronulla Sharks centre Bronson Xerri has been cleared of coronavirus after presenting with flu-like symptoms last week. Xerri was not expected to play the club’s opening round match against South Sydney Rabbitohs with a shoulder problem but is hoping to return for Saturday night’s match Melbourne Storm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

“Obviously it (coronavirus) was a big scare and I was waiting for midnight for the doctor to tell me whether it had come back positive or negative,” Xerri told

“When he told me it was negative it was good news. Obviously it was a big risk for the boys and all the people I had been in contact with.

“I’m feeling good. The shoulder’s nearly there. I’ll get through another week of training and a contact session and I should be good for Saturday.”

Sydney Roosters captain Boyd Cordner could be rested again for the club’s match against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday night. Cordner has already missed the World Club Challenge and the club’s opening round loss to Penrith Panthers as the club looks to manage his workload for the season.

Roosters backrower Angus Crichton is back on deck at the club after missing the Panthers match with pneumonia. Crichton also underwent precautionary scans for coronavirus after making the trip to England for the World Club Challenge but the results came back negative.

Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks could miss the opening month of the competition with a calf injury. Brooks went down in the captain’s run in the lead-up to the round one match against St George Illawarra Dragons and was replaced in the halves by Benji Marshall.

Brisbane Broncos fullback Jack Bird is scheduled to have season-ending surgery after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Bird suffered the injury in the lead-up to Brisbane’s opening match of the season against North Queensland last Friday night.