Rhinos make sure new signing is treated like a King!

Leeds Rhinos are going above and beyond to make sure that new signing King Vuniyayawa feels right at home on his arrival to the UK with the Fijian international spending his isolation period before he completes his Covid 19 testing protocol at the Headingley Lodge hotel at the Rhinos famous Emerald Headingley Stadium home.

Anyone who arrives in England from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man needs to self-isolate for 10 days. Under the Test to Release scheme people can choose to do a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating after at least five full days. Elite athletes can apply for a further exemption but the Rhinos have opted to isolate King for the full five days as a pre-caution.

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield explained the process, “We are delighted to have King over and ready to start pre-season with us next week. Whilst we could test him sooner because of our recent outbreak we want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to protect King and everyone else.  He will have his next test on Monday and, presuming everything goes through okay with that and has a negative, he will be in training from next Tuesday. We are fortunate to have our own hotel on site at Emerald Headingley and have created an environment that will make King’s stay as comfortable as possible.  I would like to say thank you to Sue Ward, Sarah Tate and Jason Davidson who have done an outstanding job of making the Headingley Lodge as homely it can be for King.”