These are unprecedented times for everyone as the entire world battles to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The country is in a state of lockdown, with most of the population being encouraged to stay indoors at all times, but imagine being 11,200 miles from home during this time.

That’s the situation Auckland-born Hull FC forward Ligi Sao is facing right now with his family, as are a number of Hull players who hail from the Southern Hemisphere.

Sao has been in fine form in the Super League this season having linked up with the club for the first time in December, but after being thrust into training he won’t have had much time to get himself completely used to his surroundings before being made housebound.

Fortunately, his partner and three kids joined him in East Yorkshire before the virus was described as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

 “It’s strange, but I feel safe, I think that’s the best way to put it,” Sao told Hull Live.

“The kids are happy and the family is happy at the moment, they were just settling into school and then this happened. I guess everyone is in the same position, it makes us feel like we’re all going through it together, our neighbours are going through it.

“My family only arrived two months ago, it would have been a lot tougher if they were still at home and I was here on my own, but now we’re all together and we’re all happy.

Ligi Sao of Hull FC
Ligi Sao of Hull FC

“I don’t think anybody expected this to be honest. It’s the same back home as well.

“We’re always checking up on family and friends back home, back home in New Zealand they’re in lockdown as well.”

As if the last month needed to be more turbulent for Sao and the rest of FC’s first-team, they had to say goodbye to Lee Radford after the loss to Warrington Wolves, a game Sao missed through suspension.

The prop only played six games under Radford and while he has shone this season he will be forced to try and adapt to a different head coach when they season eventually gets up and running once more.

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“It is the first time I’ve experienced something like that,” he added.

“He was not only our coach but one of the legends of the club. I was shocked and I have never experienced that in my rugby league career.

“After the performances and what happened to our coach, we had to respond pretty quickly with our attitude in training, we couldn’t be kicking stones.

"We had to go home take a couple of days, take a look at ourselves and how things had worked out the last month or so and try and respond I a positive way and try to turn things around.”