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Sharks centre Bronson Xerri has revealed he feared being the face of the NRL shutdown after he was tested for coronavirus in March.
Xerri feared a negative test would make him the reason for a suspension of the NRL season which so many people depend on for their livelihood’s and quality of life.
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“I didn’t want to be the face of it, I was looking at myself on the news while being sick on the lounge thinking I was going to hold everyone in the game up,” Xerri told NRL.com.
“The boys were into me too that I was going to be the face of the virus and I just kept thinking why is this going to be me?”
Sharks players are required to disclose any medical conditions to club doctor Paul Annett to avoid other players being put at risk no matter how serious the condition.
Dr Annett ordered Xerri to take the test as soon as he made his symptoms known.
“I was not keen to do that at all but he gave me no choice and called the hospital to tell them I was coming,” Xerri said.
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“My big thing was I didn’t want it to get out in the media so I walked in with a hat on and kept my head down to disguise myself.
“I went into this room and everyone had to have a mask on that was about to get tested for it.
“I felt like a criminal the way everyone was looking at me. They swabbed my tongue and the back of my throat and then went up my nostril. It was a weird experience.”
Bronson Xerri was tested for coronavirus in early March.Source:AAP
Results for the coronavirus test take up to 72 hours to turn around and while Xerri received his the next day it was still the longest 24 hours of his life.
“I had everyone on hold, I had heaps of messages from family, who were in contact with people at their work,” Xerri said.
“It all hit the media so then those close to me were being asked if they’d been near me, there was no escaping it then. I guess it shows how easily it could spread if others were in contact with me but showed no symptoms.”
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Originally published asSharks star feared becoming ‘the face’ of NRL’s coronavirus shutdown
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