NRL makes call on season length, Grand Final date

The National Rugby League has settled on a 20-round competition when the season resumes next month with the Grand Final locked in for October 25.

The decision comes after talks between league bosses and broadcasters Nine and Fox.

A decision on the State of Origin series will be made in a couple of weeks but will be held after the Grand Final.


The draw for the remainder of the competition will also be decided in two weeks.

The first two rounds which were played before the shutdown will stand and the ladder will remain the same when games resume on May 28.

ARL Commission Chair Peter V’landys has described it as a landmark day for the game.

This is a great outcome for our players, fans, partners and stakeholders and I’m extremely appreciative for the cooperation and support from (Nine CEO) Hugh Marks and (Foxtel CEO) Patrick Delany,” Mr V’landys said.

“Both have always acted in good-spirit and have demonstrated how partners work together.”

Teams will be allowed to return to training on May 4 amid strict protocols which are being ruled out for all players, coaching staff and officials.

The NRL has also confirmed the New Zealand Warriors will arrive in Australia on Sunday and will go into quarantine for 14 days in Tamworth.

It’s still unclear if other teams from outside of New South Wales will be forced to relocate, with talks continuing with governments about travel and border restrictions.

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