The unfolding COVID-19 situation in Queensland has forced the Gold Coast Titans home game this weekend to be relocated to NSW.
The Titans were due to do battle with the Canberra Raiders at CBUS Stadium on Saturday, but the NRL has deemed it too risky to take place here.
Instead, the clash will now take place at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney at 7.45pm on Easter Saturday, along with the Cowboys and Sharks match which was due to be held on the Sunshine Coast.
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“Saturday’s matches scheduled to be played in South East Queensland will be relocated to Sydney on a risk-based approach to ensuring continuity in the competition,” the NRL said.
The Gold Coast Titans released a statement on Wednesday also afternoon confirming the news.
“While the Queensland Premier announced encouraging news today, with the uncertainty that still exists, the NRL has made the decision to move both Easter Saturday games to Jubilee Stadium in Sydney,” the club said.
“To not be able to play in front of our expanding body of beloved Members, fans and corporate partners on the Gold Coast is disappointing, as the energy and enthusiasm you bring to our games helps drive our team.
“In saying that, we support the NRL’s decision to move the game.”
The club will relocate to Sydney this afternoon, however, their return date is still up in the air.
“The Titans will remain in Sydney until the NRL’s health experts are comfortable the risk of infection on the Gold Coast has subsided,” the NRL said.
The Cowboys will remain based in Townsville and will return home immediately after their game in Sydney on a private charter flight.
The Titans said the health and safety of the community, fans, corporate partners, playing group and staff “remains paramount”.
“After back-to-back wins, our team is prepared for a strong showing against the Raiders,” the club said.
“While we will miss seeing you in person at Cbus Super Stadium this week, whether you’re in front of your TV, listening on the radio or commenting via the Titans social media channels – our players will still see and hear you. You can still have a huge impact.”
The Club said they will be in touch with all members in the coming hours, while Ticketek will communicate with anyone who holds a ticket for this Saturday’s game.
It’s understood a decision on future games due to be played on the Gold Coast will be made in due course, pending government and NRL advice.