Melbourne Storm has been embroiled in a possible COVID-19 breach. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Melbourne Storm has been embroiled in a possible COVID-19 breach. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

NRL player stood down over 'COVID-19 breach'

Melbourne prop Christian Welch has been stood down after being embroiled in a possible COVID-19 breach at Storm's Sunshine Coast hub.

Welch will miss Melbourne's clash with Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

Storm has briefed the NRL Integrity Unit and Queensland Government about the complicated situation, which has forced the Queensland Origin forward into self isolation.

Welch is said to have invited a person to the hub overnight.

In a statement Welch said: "I'm incredibly remorseful and sorry for my actions.

"I love this game and everything it has given me and I'm shattered that I have let everyone down.

"Calling my parents to let them know about this was the worst phone call I've ever made.

"I know it's a privilege to play in the NRL and I want to apologise to all for any damage I have caused."

From midnight, Storm players, coaches and staff inside the "bubble" were to be considered "normal citizens" free of any restrictions having spent the past 14 days in Queensland.

Storm was unable to comment on the NRL Integrity investigation this morning.

A source confirmed the club has notified relevant authorities including the Queensland Chief Health Officer.

The player and the guest must now be COVID tested.

Originally published as Storm embroiled in possible COVID-19 breach


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