New Zealand Warriors to stay in Australia to keep NRL competition going amid coronavirus pandemic


“However, with the travelling restrictions coming into place, returning to New Zealand
would effectively remove us from the competition,” said George, who is flying back to
Auckland on Sunday.

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“We had extensive meetings with Todd Greenberg, the Rugby League Players Association and our players and staff until late last night to consider all our options.

“There is a lot to take into account, not least the impact on families back home as well as
our members, fans, sponsors and other stakeholders.

“Ultimately we have reached a decision for the team to stay in Australia for the coming
week. They’ll be based on the Gold Coast and will play Canberra next weekend, probably at
Cbus Super Stadium.

“The landscape is changing so rapidly, though, and together with the NRL we’ll monitor the
situation on a daily basis.”

The Warriors were due to play the Raiders in a historic double-header featuring Super Rugby’s Brumbies and Blues at Eden Park next weekend. Super Rugby has postponed its competition for the “forseeable future”.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys and NRL chief executive Greenberg will front the media later on Sunday morning.



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