Warriors owner Mark Robinson is adamant the club will survive the coronavirus crisis and that his team will return to Australia for as long as required if the competition resumes this year.
The Warriors have been identified as one of the clubs most financially vulnerable following the outbreak, relying heavily on Robinson to ensure they remain viable. Robinson is the sole owner of the Warriors after his firm, Autex Industries, struck a deal to buy Carlaw Heritage Trust’s 67 per cent stake in the club last year.
If the franchise were to collapse, it would be a savage blow for rugby league in New Zealand and for the international game. However, Robinson allayed any fears of that happening, declaring he is fully committed to ensure the Warriors survive.
“We are all good as far as I’m concerned,” Robinson said. “We have pretty much got our costs into line. We don’t have the expenses of some other clubs, which means we don’t always have the advantage of getting the best players.