Manly battle sickness in England

Manly Sea Eagles World Club Challenge 2009The Manly Sea Eagles have more distractions to deal with prior to their World Club Challenge match, the reigning NRL premiers struck down by a stomach virus raging through the team in England.

Only days after touching down in England, the Sea Eagles have contracted a virus that has hit several members of the team. It seems even business class air travel couldn’t save Manly, several players now bed ridden with their squad stretched to the limit to cover.

Prop forward George Rose was one of the first hit, the big man missing the teams first training run in Britain earlier this week. Since then, new recruit Shane Rodney and workhorse forward Glenn Stewart have contracted the illness and have been out of action.

Apparently Glenn Stewart was quite ill towards the end of this week and seems little chance of taking part in the early warm up game.With the virus spreading quickly, Manly officials sought to quarantine the affected players from the remainder of the team, with a focus on having enough fit troops for Sunday’s initial hit-out in a warm-up against London Super League club Harlequins.

Des Hasler and his staff will leave it until Saturday to confirm the team line-up. This latest problem continues Manly’s recent run of frustrations, as the squad left for the WCC in England – the Sea Eagles board was at war, with their financial backers arm-wrestling for control of the club.

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