NRL to suspend season after two rounds.
The NRL has confirmed it will be suspending their 2020 season after two rounds, in order to protect their players from coronavirus.
Originally, the NRL planned to continue their matches without an audience, however recent state-implemented lockdowns and quarantine periods would have prevented players from being able to compete.
So far, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia have shut their borders and people wishing to enter these states must self-isolate for 14 days.
Logistically, this would have affected the League’s three QLD-based teams – the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and the Gold Coast Titans.
ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg address the media. https://t.co/5h8FRYZB4L
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Previously speaking to the media, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys has said that a lack of games would be “catastrophic” for the NRL, with the League in danger of exhausting its cash reserves in three months.
“I can’t stress enough that our game has never faced a challenge like this,” he told media last week.
“It could have catastrophic effects on us moving forward. Our money will only last so long and once it’s extinguished we are in big trouble. It depends on the scenario we’re faced with but if it’s a total closure, we haven’t got long at all.”
The AFL is also currently on hold until May 31, however, there is currently no word as to when the 2020 NRL season will resume.
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