NRL scheduled for May return

Published on April 9, 2020 by

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says the NRL is looking to base all of its teams in Sydney as the league aims to restart the season “on either May 28 or June 4” despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The NRL Commission had earmarked May 21 as a possible date for the season to recommence following its suspension earlier this year in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

“What’s been put to me is the NRL season is likely to start on either May 28 or June 4,” Mr Clennell told Sky News.

“This really does sound real at this time”.

Mr Clennell said one possible reason the dates have been suggested are so the New Zealand Warriors can come to Australia and self-isolate before the recommencement of the season.

“This is good news going into the Easter long weekend,” he said.

Mr Clennell said it is believed the teams would be based in Sydney, “in a central location where they could isolate”.

“I don’t know where the location in Sydney would be … I would speculate myself that Sydney Olympic Park wouldn’t be a bad place”.

“It sounds like the rugby league season is going ahead”.

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