The NRL has announced up to 12 teams will move to Queensland on Wednesday in an effort to keep the competition up and running amid Sydney’s growing Covid-19 crisis.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting all nine Sydney-based teams, as well as the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors, will move north of the border in the coming days. .
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At this stage, only the Melbourne Storm, Canberra and the three Queensland-based teams will be allowed to stay at their home bases.
Each club will be permitted to have a total of 41 people in their biosecure team ‘bubble’, which would likely include 30 players and 11 staff.
Significantly, family members will be able to join the players, but they will have to quarantine for 14 days before entering the bubble.
“The NRL are telling the clubs at the moment that all nine Sydney clubs, the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors are all going to go the Gold Coast and have a bubble there,” Matthew Johns said on Fox League.
“It could be up to eight weeks.
“Families are allowed to go. They’ll have to quarantine for a couple of weeks before they enter the bubble.
NRL clubs will enter a bubble in Queensland for an extended period of time. (AAP Image/Simon Dallinger)Source:AAP
“All the games will be played out of Cbus Super stadium or Suncorp Stadium. Apparently there are moving parts everywhere, they’re going to have to tinker with the draw.
“But anything to keep the competition up and going.”
“We’ve been preparing for multiple scenarios and one of them is relocation,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo told the Sunday Footy show.
“In this particular case we have nine Sydney-based teams and so it’s very much on the cards that we may need to for a short period of time relocate them to somewhere where there’s a much lower risk of infection”.
“We’ve been working on it for a number of weeks in terms of preparation, now it becomes the practical elements that … we’ll have a discussion with our board this evening and then we’ll start communicating plans through to our different stakeholders.”
More to come.
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