Sea Eagles Josh Aloiai is first NRL player to be diagnosed with COVID

Sea Eagle Josh Aloiai was looking forward to boxing former NRL rival Paul Gallen.
Sea Eagle Josh Aloiai was looking forward to boxing former NRL rival Paul Gallen.

Josh Aloiai has become the first NRL player to contract COVID-19, after his positive case prompted the cancellation of his boxing bout with Paul Gallen in Newcastle.

The Manly forward, who is fully vaccinated, had spent his off-season preparing for the high-profile fight next month.

Manly official have said Aloiai had not been in contact with any club mates, with the 26-year-old not due to return to the Sea Eagles' Narrabeen base until next month.

The bombshell revelation has not only forced the abandonment of Aloiai's slated heavyweight blockbuster with Paul Gallen in Newcastle next month, but also the cancellation of the entire December 9-10 double header.

The Gallen-Aloiai bout was to headline the Friday night program that also featured the much-anticipated professional debut of Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Harry Garside.

Paul Gallen fight KO'd by COVID.

Paul Gallen fight KO'd by COVID.

Former NRL stars Joey Leilua and Chris Heighington and ex-world-title contender Andrew Moloney also featured on the bumper schedule.

"All patrons who purchased a ticket for the event will receive a refund through Ticketek," No Limit Boxing promoters said in a statement.

"No Limit Boxing is working on an alternate card that will feature some of the biggest names in Australian boxing, including Andrew Moloney and Harry Garside."

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