The NRL is set to resume on Sunday after games were postponed on Saturday following the snap lockdown announced in Queensland.
That’s despite Queensland’s Chief Health Officer insisting on Saturday that no sport, including professional sport, would be played during the state’s three-day lockdown.
League bosses were caught on the hop on Saturday when the lockdown was announced.
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Souths players had arrived in Rockhampton for their clash with the Dragons but were immediately sent back to Brisbane while fans were turned away from the ground.
The NRL was locked in urgent talks with the Queensland government on Saturday in a bid to save the round, and possibly the season.
Clubs were also placed into Level 4 biosecurity protocols on Saturday, which forced them to remain holed up in their hotels.
Late on Saturday, the Queensland government agreed to allow the remaining five games in round 20 to be played across Sunday and Monday.
All games will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane with no crowds.
Saturday’s three postponed games will be played on Sunday with the blockbuster between the Storm and Panthers set to be the game of the day.
Sunday’s games will be played on Monday night.
ARL Commission Chair Peter V’Landys thanks the Queensland government for “allowing us to present the most stringent biosecurity protocols which when implemented will ensure there is minimal to no risk in allowing our matches to be played with no crowds”.
Revised round 20 draw
- Knights v Raiders – 1.50pm
- Storm v Panthers – 4.05pm
- Dragons v Souths – 6.25pm
- Bulldogs v Titans – 6pm
- Sharks v Manly – 8.05pm