'Fine with me': NRL star's classy take on drastic virus plans

Wests Tigers family man Joey Leilua is one rare athlete that has found a bright side to the coronavirus pandemic.

The global health crisis has forced sporting competitions around the world to be suspended, with the NRL one of the few that is still going ahead - albeit behind closed doors from round two.

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The ever-evolving nature of the coronavirus threat means the NRL is constantly exploring options to ensure it can keep the competition running.

Some of the proposed measures include implementing a player lockdown, whereby the game’s stars are housed together in accomodation away from their families and prohibited from gathering in public places such as pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Whatever the situation may be, Leilua seems to be able to find a positive spin to it.

Joey Leilua (L) is taking the positives out of the coronavirus crisis. Pic: Getty

"For the NRL to advise us to (train and play) and go straight back home, it's fine with me; I get to spend more time with my kids and enjoying it," he said on Wednesday.

The classy centre also respects the league's decision to consider housing every NRL player in north Queensland if that means keeping the competition going.

"If the NRL want us to do that, we have no choice. I would. We have no choice," Leilua said.

"I don't think my missus would be happy, but she understands what it takes and it just happens, it's footy.

"If the NRL wants us to play with no crowd this weekend, that's what we'll do.

"It's (for) two points and come September that's what we're going to need - two points."

If the NRL does decide to quarantine its players, at least Leilua won't be totally isolated from his family after his younger brother Luciano joined him at the Tigers this season from St George Illawarra.

‘Sky's the limit’ for Luciano Leilua

Luciano had a blinder on debut last Sunday for the Tigers, bagging a try in the 24-14 win over his former Dragons teammates, the effort drawing rich praise from his big brother - who joined the Tigers after playing in last year's grand final for Canberra.

"The sky's the limit for him if he really wants it," the older Leilua said.

"He has to do all the little hard-work things that no one wants to do to become better.

"And if he keeps doing that, I'm sure he'll make some moolah.

Luciano Leilua was outstanding in the Tigers' round one win. Pic: Getty

"He was always better than me growing up. He was more of a footy freak - he loved watching footy, he loved doing a lot of things and I was opposite.

"I loved just going outside doing my own thing. Never rugby league until I got good at it."

Leilua said he was sad watching from afar as Luciano failed to reach his potential before copping a pep talk from their father last year.

"It kind of got me mad because I think he was in a bad place down in the Dragons when he was younger coming through the grades," he said.

"Finally my old man got into him and said 'if you really want this and if you don't want it, then don't play'.

"That kind of got through his head last year and he started playing good games back-to-back and it just worked out for him."

With Yahoo Sport Staff