North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green says relaunched season ‘probably not’ fair if non-NSW teams forced to relocate


Asked about the prospect of being uprooted to keep their commitment to the competition, Green said: “If you look at everything going on at the moment, life’s not fair. There’s a number of different industries where this situation we’re in has wreaked havoc.

“Will it all be fair if teams have to relocate? Probably not. But it is what it is and if we want to get the footy back on board we need to deal with it and get on with it.

Will it all be fair if teams have to relocate? Probably not.

Paul Green

“I think everyone is doing their best efforts to make it as fair and equitable as possible, but the reality is there’s going to be some teams that make a bit more of a sacrifice than others. Given the reason why the whole of the country is doing what they’ve done, it would be completely understandable for someone to say, ‘Look, I can’t do that [relocate to NSW for weeks on end]’.”

The NRL’s Project Apollo committee, charged with planning the season resumption, is expected to table its biosecurity framework with the relevant government authorities in coming days. A draft will be presented to all NRL clubs on Friday.

But Palaszczuk appeared agitated when asked about the NRL’s ambitious resumption date, which Australian Rugby League Commission board member Wayne Pearce described as a “definite” on Wednesday.

Cowboys coach Paul Green.Credit:AAP

“I have not seen any detailed plan, so I’m saying to the NRL, send the detailed plan, send all of your health information, send how it’s going to work … and I’m more than happy to forward it to [Queensland’s chief health officer] Dr [Jeanette] Young,” Palaszczuk said.

“The sooner they get it in the better it is.”

The NRL announced points accrued from the opening two rounds will stand with the majority of matches expected to be played at ANZ and Bankwest stadiums if all 16 clubs are based in NSW.

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All coaches have agreed not to start training as a group until the Warriors arrive in Australia and are granted permission.

The NRL hopes to have Stephen Kearney’s team in Australia on May 3 with teams reuniting the following day, provided the Warriors are granted an exemption on their two-week quarantine period.



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