Aiden Tolman tested negative for coronavirus after the Canterbury Bulldogs' clash against the Sydney Roosters was postponed.

The Bulldogs-Roosters clash was pushed back to Monday from Sunday after a teacher at a school attended by one of Tolman's children tested positive for COVID-19.

Tolman was put into isolation and underwent a test, which came back negative on Sunday.

"Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman has been given the all clear after his COVID-19 test came back negative," a Bulldogs statement read.

The Bulldogs have lost three of their opening four games of the season, while the Roosters are 2-2.

The Canterbury Bulldogs' clash against the Sydney Roosters has been pushed back due to a coronavirus scare.

A teacher at a school attended by one of prop Aiden Tolman's children tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the game being delayed until Monday.

The NRL said Tolman has been placed into isolation and will be tested for coronavirus.

The Bulldogs will now host the Roosters at Bankwest Stadium on Monday, while the St George Illawarra Dragons' clash with the Cronulla Sharks has been brought forward from 18:30 local time (08:30 GMT) to 16:05 (06:05 GMT).

"There's a very remote risk of infection within the Bulldogs squad," Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys said.

"To ensure there is no risk at all, the player will be tested today and the game delayed until tomorrow to ensure the test results have returned. I want to congratulate the Bulldogs for swiftly informing the NRL.

"I want to thank our broadcast partners for their assistance, at very short notice, in changing the schedule. The changes will ensure our fans will still be able to watch a game on free-to-air television this afternoon."

The Bulldogs have lost three of their opening four games of the season, while the Roosters are 2-2.

Melbourne Storm handed Newcastle Knights their first loss of the 2020 NRL season, while Latrell Mitchell's fine first half led South Sydney Rabbitohs to victory against Gold Coast Titans.

The Storm's 26-12 success against the Knights at Central Coast Stadium means leaders Parramatta Eels are the only remaining undefeated team in NRL this year.

Ryley Jacks went over after just three minutes before Cameron Smith set up first-half tries for Suliasi Vunivalu and Tino Faasuamaleaui - his first in the competition - to send Melbourne into the interval with a commanding 18-2 lead, but the Knights responded well with Bradman Best and Edrick Lee making it a one-score game.

However, Cameron Smith slotted through a penalty after David Klemmer was pinged for an early tackle and Brandon Smith somehow barrelled through three defenders with three minutes remaining to clinch the victory.

In Saturday's first game, the Rabbitohs were 32-12 winners over the Titans at Bankwest Stadium thanks in large part to Mitchell.

The former Sydney Roosters full-back caught the ball and dotted down in the third minute after Damien Cook's pass bounced off his chest to get Souths up and running.

Phillip Sami briefly restored parity before Alex Johnston crossed to restore the Rabbitohs' lead. Mitchell then tipped a pass to Dane Gagai to race in at the corner and saw Anthony Don's failure to gather his grubber kick enable Braidon Burns to put the Bunnies well on top.

The Titans were unable to gain momentum despite Bryce Cartwright's 44th-minute score, with Gagai's second try followed by a conversion from Adam Reynolds, who finished the game with 12 points.

Canberra Raiders got back to winning ways by coming from behind to defeat Wests Tigers 14-6 in Ricky Stuart's 400th game as an NRL coach.

The Raiders were trailing to Luke Brooks' uncovered first-half score, but Jack Wighton's try five minutes following the restart was converted by Jarrod Croker and Nick Cotric dived over after Russell Packer was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul on Jordan Rapana just five minutes after coming on.

Moses Mbye reduced the deficit from the tee but, after Packer was placed on report for a high tackle upon his return, Croker restored Canberra's eight-point cushion as they moved up to second.

Issac Luke confirmed on Saturday he has ended a short spell with the beleaguered St George Illawarra Dragons to join Brisbane Broncos for family reasons rather than unrest in the camp.

Former New Zealand hooker Luke is on the move after making just three appearances for the Dragons, who are bottom of the NRL ladder after losing all four matches.

It was reported that Luke is departing with all not well both on and off the field at the embattled club, but the 33-year-old insisted that is not the case.

He posted on Twitter: "I'm extremely humbled to have been a part of the St George Illawarra Dragons during the pre-season as well as playing a couple of games with them.

"With support from the club and their understanding they were happy to release me to take an opportunity in Brisbane where my family and I were going to live after footy finished.

"This has nothing to do with what has been going on here and I advise youse (sic) all to wake yourselves up.

"I'm doing this for my family. My wife has followed me through my career and through all that we always said that we will finish in Brisbane.

"Brisbane Broncos gave us an opportunity to go home. And we are taking it. I can't wait to rip in."

NRL leaders Parramatta Eels produced a storming second-half fightback to beat Penrith Panthers 16-10 after New Zealand Warriors downed North Queensland Cowboys on Friday.

Penrith were 10-0 up until just after the hour mark in the battle of the west at Bankwest Stadium, first-half tries from Brian To'o and Josh Mansour putting them on course to go top of the ladder.

The Eeels clicked into gear in the final quarter, though, with the influential Waqa Blake, Clinton Gutherson and Ryan Matterson going over to maintain their perfect record.

Parramatta are three points clear at the summit after winning five out of five at the start of a season for the first time since 1986, while Penrith's loss was their first of the campaign and Kurt Capewell also suffered a medial ligament injury to his knee.

To'o crossed for the opening score midway through the first half and Mansour finished off a slick move on the left flank four minutes prior to the interval, with Nathan Cleary converting.

It was Blake who got the Eels back into a contest watched by a limited number of members and corporate guests, charging over before laying on a score for Gutherson.

Parramatta had three tries in the space of six minutes when Matterson benefited from a kind bounce of the ball to dot down, Mitchell Moses adding the extras for a second time and Brad Arthur's men defending for their lives to win a thriller.

Peta Hiku grabbed a hat-trick as the Warriors scored seven tries in a 37-26 defeat of the Cowboys at Central Coast Stadium earlier in the day.

Kodi Nikorima also sparkled for the Warriors, while North Queensland lost Valentine Holmes and Jordan McLean to injuries as they slumped to a third defeat of the year despite 14 points from Kyle Feldt.

Australia is ready to ditch the cardboard cutouts and welcome back thousands of spectators to its major sporting events, prime minister Scott Morrison has declared.

From July, venues with up to 40,000 seats will be allowed to operate at a limit of 25 per cent capacity, providing events are ticketed and seated.

Morrison confirmed the same guidelines could also apply to larger venues but said local health authorities would need to assess coronavirus risk on a case-by-case basis.

The news could mean events such as the NRL and AFL welcome back supporters next month, and it boosts the prospect of cricket's ICC Twenty20 World Cup taking place with fans in October and November.

Announcing the reopening of stadiums to fans, albeit with social distancing measures in place, Morrison said he was "sure that will be very welcome".

Australia's biggest venues, such as the MCG, Docklands Stadium and Stadium Australia, may also soon be back open for business.

"For the larger ones I would venture that it would be the subject of a discrete approval for each venue, that would be worked up with the chief health officer in each state or territory," Morrison said.

"So, by the time you get into July there may be that type of opportunity for the rules that apply to those under 40,000 to just carry over to those above 40,000, but that is not a decision that has been taken yet.

"These will be practical, common-sense issues, they'll be worked through by the medical expert panel over the next few weeks and I think that will give it greater instruction.

"The purpose of me flagging this today is so sporting codes, venues, state and territory governments, can engage in that appropriate discussion, know broadly what the parameters are which the national cabinet has set, so it means that people will be able to watch the games, not as cardboard cutouts, but in person, should they be fortunate enough to get one of those seats."

Australia has had over 7,200 cases of COVID-19, with 102 deaths, and there are fewer than 500 current cases in the country, the government said.

England prop Luke Thompson has joined Canterbury Bulldogs ahead of schedule after refusing to take a pay cut with St Helens.

Thompson was due to move to the NRL ahead of the 2021 season after signing a three-year deal in February.

The 25-year-old will instead head to Belmore with immediate effect for an undisclosed fee, ending a 13-year stay with the Super League champions.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus revealed the club decided to grant Thompson an early release from his contract after he would not agree to take a reduction in his salary amid the coronavirus pandemic.

McManus said: "St Helens had been placed in a difficult position as Luke Thompson had opted not to participate in our club wide squad and staff pay reduction arrangement for the 2020 season, this being necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic and its significant commercial consequences."

Thompson will spend two weeks in quarantine before being available to make his Bulldogs debut.

Canterbury chief executive Andrew Hill said: "It is fantastic news that Luke will be able to arrive next week and be available to play this season after serving the compulsory isolation period.

"To have an international forward, seen by many as one the best front-rowers in the game, arrive early is tremendous news for all of our members and fans and a great boost for our squad for the rest of this season.

"I must thank St Helens for enabling this to happen and Luke for showing great character in arriving early and being prepared to sit through his isolation phase before joining us.

"We are hopeful that Luke will be out on the field representing the Bulldogs within the next month."

Manly Sea Eagles produced an inspired second-half fightback to defeat Brisbane Broncos 20-18 in Thursday's NRL contest.

The visiting Broncos – beaten heavily in their past two outings – raced into an 18-0 lead by the 32nd minute at Central Coast Stadium and the Sea Eagles still trailed by 14 heading into the break.

But 16 further unanswered second-half points, including eight from the boot of Reuben Garrick, helped the Sea Eagles - for whom Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans excelled - produce a memorable turnaround.

There was little sign of what was to come in a lightning start from the Broncos, who were ahead after six minutes when Kotoni Staggs cleverly chased his own clip forward.

Xavier Coates brilliantly took down a high ball and Darius Boyd also went over on the left for the Broncos as the Sea Eagles struggled to get out of the blocks.

However, Tevita Funa marked his debut with a tight score from Trbojevic's excellent offload to kick them into gear before the break.

Cherry-Evans further reduced the arrears early in the second half and Moses Suli's converted score in the right corner just before the hour brought the score within two.

Garrick levelled with a penalty and added another two-pointer with 10 minutes remaining, which proved enough to complete the turnaround against the out-of-sorts Broncos, who brought on the returning Ben Teo'o for the final 23 minutes.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys said Wests Tigers are set to be punished after Benji Marshall breached coronavirus protocols.

Tigers star and co-captain Marshall was involved in a "social-distancing matter" with a reporter on Wednesday, after being dropped from the team for Saturday's NRL clash against Canberra Raiders.

The reporter in question tested negative for COVID-19 following the incident midweek.

After the 2020 NRL season resumed behind closed doors last month amid strict biosecurity measures, V'landys said the league will look into the incident and confirmed the Tigers face a suspended penalty.

Canterbury Bulldogs received a 25,000 Australian dollars suspended fine last week after team great Terry Lamb shook hands with players at a training session.

"They [Wests Tigers] will probably be treated the same as the Bulldogs," V'landys told radio station 2GB on Thursday.

"We need to have deterrence in place for the clubs to obey the biosecurity measures.

"The government's been kind enough to allow us to conduct our competition under strict biosecurity measures and we have to honour our part of the deal."

V'landys added: "I don't think we need to be alarmist on it. It's an oversight, it could happen to any of us."

The Tigers have won two of their opening four games of the season ahead of facing the Raiders on Saturday.

South Sydney Rabbitohs will have a crowd for their round five and six NRL matches at Bankwest Stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rabbitohs are offering ticketed members access to their clashes with Gold Coast Titans (Saturday) and New Zealand Warriors (June 19).

However, only 500 people are allowed inside the stadium, including members, corporate partners and VIPs, venue associates and the NRL.

"Government regulations regarding social distancing and event capacities are still in play," part of a club statement read.

"For this reason, spots at the games at Bankwest Stadium are extremely limited."

Australia has successfully flattened the coronavirus curve, with more than 7,200 confirmed cases and 102 deaths.

The Rabbitohs have lost three of their opening four games of the NRL season.

Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall was involved in a "social-distancing matter" with a reporter on Wednesday.

Marshall, 35, was dropped from the Tigers' starting team on Tuesday ahead of their clash with Canberra Raiders.

A day later, the Tigers co-captain breached coronavirus protocols with a reporter, who will undergo a test for COVID-19.

"Wests Tigers are aware of a bio-security matter at training today involving co-captain Benji Marshall," a club statement read.

"Marshall was involved in a social-distancing matter with an accredited reporter, which was immediately reported to the NRL as per guidelines.

"Under those guidelines, Marshall will remain at home tomorrow – which is a scheduled day off for Wests Tigers NRL squad – while the reporter undergoes a COVID-19 test.

"Assuming a negative result is returned, no further action will be required by Marshall or Wests Tigers."

The Tigers have won two of their opening four games of the season ahead of facing the Raiders on Saturday.

Paul McGregor will continue as St George Illawarra Dragons coach after a board meeting on Tuesday.

McGregor is under fire after the Dragons' woeful 0-4 start to the NRL season, including Monday's 22-2 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Dragons' board of directors met on Tuesday to discuss the 52-year-old's future, with McGregor to stay on.

"Although the board acknowledges the club's performances so far throughout 2020 have been unacceptable; we will continue to support Paul, his staff and the team through these tough times," Dragons chairman Andrew Gordon said in a statement.

"We are committed to Paul as coach of the St George Illawarra Dragons and look forward to seeing him right the wrongs of the opening month of the current campaign.

"We are a club that stands by our people when under pressure. This is a time for loyalty, strength and commitment from the players, coach, board and staff to improve."

Bottom of the ladder as the NRL's only winless team, the Dragons face the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday.

St George Illawarra Dragons head coach Paul McGregor saw the pressure on his position increase as his winless side were beaten 22-2 by Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Dragons remain the only team yet to taste victory in the NRL this season and, having won just two of their past 14 games, time would appear to be running out for McGregor to save his job.

Canterbury came into the game having failed to record a victory in 2020 themselves, but they finally got up and running as Nick Meaney scored 14 points.

The Bulldogs actually fell behind to Zac Lomax's penalty but that was as good as it got for the Dragons.

Adam Elliott dummied before powering over to put Canterbury on the board, with Meaney converting the try before adding two penalties to give the Bulldogs a 10-2 lead at the interval.

Meaney touched down in the corner to increase the advantage after the break and Reimis Smith wrapped up the rout nine minutes from time by collecting a high kick to score a third Canterbury try.

Newcastle Knights continued their unbeaten start to the NRL season as Kalyn Ponga and Bradman Best guided them to a 34-18 win over Canberra Raiders.

The Raiders, last season's beaten grand finalists, had made a 100 per cent start to the 2020 campaign.

But Canberra were undone in sublime fashion by full-back Ponga and teenage centre Best at Campbelltown on Sunday.

They each had a hand in all of the Knights' six tries, Best crossing in the second minute and rounding things off in the 80th by doubling his tally. 

Ponga also went over as Newcastle took command with 16 first-half points, Edrick Lee's quickfire brace shortly after half-time effectively putting a one-sided contest beyond doubt.

The day's later game was a much more even affair, as Gold Coast Titans clinched their first win in nearly a year with a dramatic 28-23 victory over Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium.

The Tigers looked to be in charge when David Nofoaluma brilliantly plucked a kick out of the air to dot down for his second try, which Benji Marshall converted to make it 22-12.

However, Keegan Hipgrave powered over for his first NRL try and Brian Kelly crossed to level matters and set up a frantic finale.

Marshall's drop goal edged the Tigers in front with three minutes left but, after collecting a short kick-off that barely went the required 10 metres, Gold Coast secured a last-gasp triumph.

Phillip Sami chased down Kelly's kick on the last tackle and touched down to ensure Gold Coast avoided a 15th straight defeat and claimed a first win since June 9, 2019.

A controversial refereeing call denied Manly Sea Eagles a comeback victory over Parramatta Eels on Saturday.

Tom Trbojevic looked to have set up Reuben Garrick for a late try that would have given the Sea Eagles a dramatic victory at Bankwest Stadium.

However, the visitors - who had been 18-2 down in the second half - were undone when the officials ruled Trbojevic's tipped-on pass had strayed forward, allowing the Eels to see out a 19-16 win.

Tries from Michael Jennings and Dylan Brown and a further four points from the boot of Mitchell Moses had put Parramatta 12-2 up at half-time.

Kane Evans scored just after the restart to put the home side in control, but Jorge Taufua went over just three minutes later to offer hope of a comeback.

A one-pointer from Moses gave the Eels some breathing room after Dylan Walker's try, but a second from Taufua set up a tense finale.

Trbojevic's clever pass under pressure to Garrick sent the winger through for what looked to be the match-winning try, only for the officials to intervene, ensuring the leaders made it four wins from four to mark their best league start in 31 years.

Speaking to Fox after his side's 19-16 defeat, Trbojevic said: "I thought I threw it back. I didn't get to see too much of it. You get those ones, [it is a] disappointing one, but that's footy, I guess."

The late match saw Cronulla Sharks beat North Queensland Cowboys 26-16 in an engrossing encounter in Townsville.

There were three tries in eight first-half minutes as the Sharks took a 12-6 lead into the break, before Kyle Feldt and Ronaldo Mulitalo each scored their second of the game either side of a breakaway score from the outstanding Jesse Ramien.

Briton Nikora touched down on the hour mark to ease the Sharks further ahead and they held firm during a scrappy closing quarter to claim their first victory of the season.

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