The NRL have introduced a self-isolation program to ensure the safety of the players amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the program announced today, players will only be permitted to have “essential interaction” with the community.
The program was finalised following consultation with the Australian Rugby League Commission, the clubs and the Rugby League Players Association.
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ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said the NRL would continue to explore every option in the wake of COVID-19 because “the whole survival of our game is at risk”.
“The players are one of the important elements of our family and we’ll do everything we can to protect them,” he said.
“The details of [the] program will be worked out with the clubs and the players, taking into account the biosecurity and pandemic experts’ advice.”
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Mr V’landys said they working on ways to keep the game viable, including “savage cuts to our costs”.
All eight matches in round two are expected to go ahead as planned, but will be played at empty venues.