NRL great’s ‘intimidating’ coronavirus scare

NRL legend Braith Anasta has detailed the “intimidating” experience of getting tested for the coronavirus during the Easter break.

No current rugby league players have tested positive for the virus as of yet, but one positive result would drastically put the proposed May 28 return date in jeopardy.

Speaking to Fox League Live, Anasta described his symptoms during the health scare and explained how his fiancee convinced him to be cautious.

“I got tested for COVID-19 … I wasn’t feeling well after our show last week,” Anasta admitted on Tuesday.

“I had a sore throat and a temperature, but I wasn’t coughing.

“The next morning, I woke up pretty ordinary and congested, and because of work and the kids, we thought I should get tested.”

“The misses said, ‘You have to go get tested.’”

Braith Anasta played 147 NRL matches for the Sydney Roosters.Source:News Limited

Anasta was taken to a testing centre in Sydney and compared the ordeal to a “movie” scene.

“At Bondi, there is a drive-through testing centre. It is very intimidating; it is like you are in a movie.

“They stick this thing right up your nose … It was very intimidating, but it came back negative, but it goes right up there.

Anasta couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a joke about the size of co-host Sam Burgess’ melon.

“With your head, it would take about an hour to get up there, but once you do it gives you watery eyes.”

Anasta played 288 games during his stellar 15-year NRL career. He also represented Australia in 2001 and played ten State of Origin fixtures for the New South Wales Blues.

The 38-year-old proposed to his partner of three years – personal trainer Rachael Lee – in October 2019. The couple welcomed their first child together in January 2018.

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