The NRL Will Certainly Restart On May 28
The NRL has the green light from government to restart on May 28 with teams set to begin training on May 4, Australian Rugby League commissioner Wayne Pearce has confirmed.
After two days of meetings and ahead of further talks with the NRL clubs, Pearce on Wednesday said the finer details of the competition structure were still being finalised but, “everyone is supportive of what we’re doing. Everyone is unified into getting back on the field”.
“We reaffirmed that May 28 is the starting date for the competition. We also confirmed that teams will be able to train from May 4,” he said.
The NRL competition was suspended last month after two rounds were played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Strict international and domestic travel restrictions and social distancing policies meant group practice sessions at all clubs were cancelled and teams from New Zealand and Queensland state went into lockdown.
It has been a tumultuous week for the NRL, with Todd Greenberg quitting as chief executive after the league’s governing body was criticised by its main broadcaster for wasteful spending.
In a statement Monday, Greenberg said he was resigning by mutual agreement, after reflecting on the needs of the game.