updatedRelocation of all NSW and ACT-based teams will see 12 NRL teams make a mad rush to southeast Queensland for a month on Wednesday as NSW struggles COVID-19 outbreak in the state.
Confirmed NRL teams will be leaving this week in a bid to keep the 2021 season alive and will be out for at least a month.
The ARL committee was in a meeting this afternoon before releasing plans and informing clubs of the changes.
“NSW and ACT will move into designated centers by Wednesday and play home matches outside Suncorp Stadium, Cbus Stadium or Sunshine Coast Stadium. All Queensland-based clubs, along with Melbourne Storm, will continue to play home matches outside their current home cities. ‘,” said the NRL statement.
“The National Rugby League (NRL) is finalizing arrangements with the Queensland Government to ensure that each club has access to the appropriate facilities at each centre. The clubs will be flown on charter flights to Queensland and comply with Apollo protocols and public health requirements to ensure there are no risks to the Queensland community. : Each club will allow a maximum of 41 players and staff while in Queensland.
“A revised schedule will be released with the games location for the next four rounds in the coming days.”
Australian Rugby League chairman Peter Flandis has admitted it will be difficult for the players, but still hopes the move will only last a month.
“The Commission has conducted a comprehensive risk assessment and it is clear from the current data trends that the risk to competition is too great to continue playing in NSW at the moment. We see close and regular connections with links to our game on a daily basis.”
“Queensland presents much less risk. The Commission is doing everything it can to keep competition going. By keeping competition going, we are keeping staff employed and ensuring that players continue to be paid at the current rate.
“Rugby is also an escape for people through difficult times and it is important that we do everything we can so that our fans can continue watching rugby league every week especially during lockdown.”
“These are very difficult decisions. I feel for the players who have to leave their homes for a while. We will not keep the players in Queensland for longer than they need to. Hopefully it will only be for a month, but if necessary to be longer, it will be. We are doing this to protect their livelihoods.” .
Earlier, Nine Danny Weidler revealed that the Canberra Raiders would initially be safe in the capital from moving north, but this situation has since changed with the Raiders being included in the transfer.
Even New Zealand Warriors – based on the Central Coast – and Newcastle Knights – a two-hour drive north of Sydney – would have to go to Queensland.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today that there are 77 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the state, and warned that Monday’s total will exceed 100 new cases.
come a day later NRL CEO Andrew Abdo announced his decision at the last minute To move the third game of State of Origin on Wednesday from Newcastle to the Gold Coast.
The New South Wales government has advised the ARL Committee that it will not allow fans to attend the third match in Newcastle due to the growing COVID-19 crisis in Greater Sydney, prompting an emergency meeting on Saturday to move the match.
According to the ARLC, the worsening COVID situation in Sydney means the NSW government believes the crowd could create an additional risk to the regional community, although there is currently no community transmission in Newcastle.
New South Wales reports 77 new cases
“We are disappointed that we were not able to grant Newcastle the city’s first state of origin, but we must operate within all state public health orders and not having a crowd in Newcastle deny the opportunity for our fans from the area,” NRL President Andrew Abdu said.
“The Gold Coast has a very low infection rate and both Origin camps are currently a short drive from Sibus Stadium. This means that neither team will be affected by the travel.
“This is an exciting result for the Gold Coast. It will be the first time in history that the Gold Coast will host a state of origin.”
Earlier on Nine يوم Sunday football show, Abdo revealed that NRL was “preparing for multiple scenarios and one of them is relocation” of competition due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney.
“In this particular case, we have nine teams based in Sydney, and so we may need to move them for a short time to a place where the risk of infection is much lower,” he said.
“It’s the actual time. We’ve been working on it for a number of weeks in terms of preparation, and now it’s practical items… We will have a discussion with the Board of Directors this evening, after which we will start communicating the plans through our various stakeholders.”