The beachside facility that could see the Warriors granted a federal government exemption

The NRL is pushing ahead with plans to start the competition on May 28 despite high-level broadcast discussions on Friday, with the New Zealand Warriors set to apply for a federal government exemption from the mandatory 14-day quarantine policy for international arrivals.

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head, a recreational facility on NSW’s far north coast, will be put forward as part of a proposal to the Australian government for exemption from the strict hotel lockdown rules in place for offshore arrivals.

Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head is the base the Warriors intend to call home from May 3 pending a federal government exemption.

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys, who remained tight-lipped about the details of Friday’s video link conference with Nine chief executive Hugh Marks and Foxtel boss Patrick Delany, will resume negotiations with the game’s broadcast partners early next week about an end-of-May comeback.

Momentum is gathering around a potential 20-round competition that will see State of Origin played as late as November, however all three parties involved in Friday’s meeting have been sworn to secrecy.


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