New South Wales Rugby League announces plans to resume grassroots game in mid-July after COVID-19 hiatus


“Most winter sports favour working towards a return date of 18 July 2020, at the end of the next school holiday period, with a return to training on 1 July 2020, subject to the status of the public health in the interim,” Trodden said.

The Ron Massey Cup was suspended after one round this season.Credit:NSWRL

“The board and management of NSWRL have been continuing to closely monitor developments with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to strictly follow the government advice so that we will only return to playing footy when it is deemed safe to do so.

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“The NSWRL and everyone in our rugby league community need to be responsive to the continual changes to the government advice around risks to public health for the broader community, and if it becomes apparent that a July start date is not feasible, we will adjust and reassess.”

NSWRL-run competitions – such as the Ron Massey Cup, Sydney Shield and women’s premiership – will also restart in July. Each featured just one round before being suspended.

NSWRL also reaffirmed a decision to cancel nine of its elite competitions, including the Canterbury Cup, Jersey Flegg, SG Ball and Harold Matthews. No premier will be declared for any of the competitions.

The NRL has proposed a May 28 season resumption.



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