NRL Holds Corona Virus Crisis Talks Over Plans To Move All 16 Teams To Queensland – While Players Are Returned To A Radical Lockdown To Protect The Competition
- The Australian Rugby League Commission held a COVID-19 meeting on Tuesday
- All 16 NRL teams can be moved to Queensland if the corona virus in NSW worsens
- Non-Queensland players will be locked in the next two weeks
- The NRL players are only allowed to leave their home to attend training and matches
All 16 NRL teams may be forced to move to Queensland because of fears of a second coronavirus wave in New South Wales.
The Australian Rugby League Commission met on Tuesday to discuss that the entire league would be moved to the Sunshine State and its players would be put back into a lockdown.
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said moving the entire game was “an option” but would be “a worst-case scenario,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The Australian Rugby League Commission held a COVID-19 meeting on Tuesday and is allowed to move all 16 NRL teams to Queensland (Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane shown)
Mr V’landys said banning all non-Queensland players from leaving their homes unless they go to training and matches should be enough to fight the virus in the next two weeks.
“We believe that introducing tough and strict biosecurity measures now will ensure that there is no risk of getting to and from Queensland, especially when flying in and out,” he said.
He said he wrote to Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk to discuss the NRL competition after declaring 77 suburbs of Sydney COVID-19 hotspots.
“We don’t make hasty decisions. We will be patient and see how this works out, ”said Mr V’landys.
The emergency plan comes when Melbourne Storm was forced to move to the Sunshine Coast amid Melbourne’s third coronavirus lock.
New South Wales has also recorded an alarming peak in the coronavirus with 13 new cases reported Tuesday and 28 cases related to Crossroads Hotel in west Sydney.
The return to lockdown and team calling will limit players who cannot visit restaurants, pubs or beaches, and visitors to their homes.
The full NRL competition (Raiders and Storm game pictured) could move to Queensland if coronavirus cases in NSW continue to rise after the state registered 13 new cases on Tuesday
“We don’t take risks with our players and the community.
“We maintain the original protocols to ensure that our players don’t mix with the general community. We are doing everything we can to keep the playgroup healthy during this period, ”said Mr. V’landys.
He also thanked the players and clubs for following the strict lockdown rules.
“The players have done the right thing and if a mistake is made, clubs very quickly report a violation.”
Channel Nine commentator Phil Gould told the 100% Footy show on Monday that the NRL was ready to move all of its teams to Queensland.
“What I do know is that the NRL has been prepared.
“They are ready to go, when in fact the borders close again and we are closed again, Peter V’landys will pick up the teams and move them to Queensland or anywhere else to keep the competition going,” he said.
The NRL plays round 10 this weekend and has 10 rounds to go, followed by four weeks of finals.
The entire Melbourne Storm team (pictured) has already been forced to move to Queensland after Melbourne underwent a six-week coronavirus lock