Storm plan to begin training on May 1 ahead of NRL resumption


The NRL has yet to make a final decision on whether the Storm can commute from Melbourne for games or whether they will need to move to NSW to resume the season.

Reports on Thursday said Newcastle and Canberra were expected to stay in their home cities and travel to Sydney for games but Queensland sides and the Storm could be forced to move to NSW if current bans on movement and assembly remain in place in their respective states.

“It’s one of the great unknowns at this stage but we are hoping we are training back at home at AAMI Park,” Ponissi said.

“At this stage we will be guided by government restrictions on what we can and can’t do and if they don’t change by May 1 then we will have to look at other options, which would be interstate.

“That’s not our preferred option but we will have to do what we have to do.”

The Storm don’t expect Easter will be busy as players and coaches remain away from the club but Ponissi said they would enter the long weekend knowing the path forward.

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“They will have a date in their heads now and that will make it slightly easier than it was in the past few weeks,” Ponissi said.

The Storm opened the season with two away wins, beating Manly and Cronulla, but they don’t yet know if they will resume their season with their scheduled round-three home game against Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park.

If current restrictions remain in place they will likely be forced to move games to Sydney and they could further change the fixture for other sides.

“The only information we have been given is that from May 28 we will play the 13 teams that we haven’t played yet,” Ponissi said.

“So all we know at this stage is that it probably won’t be Manly or Cronulla.”

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