Remi Casty has announced his decision to stop training with his team-mates due to fears he could Coronavirus and pass it onto someone more fragile.

Toronto announced this morning that their entire squad has been stood down, while Leeds chose not to travel to Perpignan this past weekend.

A decision regarding the immediate future of the sport in the UK is expected this week as the country battles the spread of COVID-19.

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But Casty has taken matters into his own hands.

Casty said: “I’m not sick, I’m not afraid of being either, but I don’t want to catch this virus and pass it on to someone more fragile.

“You have to be responsible for your actions, it is not a simple flu, we have never known a health crisis of this magnitude.

“I have just warned my team-mates and the staff that I will not be present in training. I made this decision and I will stick to it.

“They said that as long as there was no case in a player, the championship was maintained. They are on an island, maybe they feel more protected than us or superiors.

“I have the impression that they are adopting another strategy, hoping that the virus will pass faster than in France. This is only my opinion, in relation to what I read or see.”