A Rabbitohs source confirmed the club had not applied to play games at Redfern Oval, but would be open to the possibility if the ARL Commission decided local venues would be the best way forward. The Bulldogs are also reportedly keen to play at Belmore Oval.
A more tightly controlled approach is being strongly considered, however, with a small number of secure venues used for all games in Sydney. Bankwest Stadium, Leichhardt Oval and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium are firming as the primary venues, subject to biosecurity clearances.
All three Queensland clubs are expected to play home games out of their usual stadiums, the Raiders remain hopeful of playing at GIO Stadium and Newcastle want to keep their games at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Warriors are yet to decide whether they will play at McDonald Jones Stadium or, if they relocate to the Central Coast, Gosford’s Central Coast Stadium.
The final decision as to whether teams can play out of their usual home grounds or a handful of approved stadiums will be used for all Sydney teams will be made by the ARL Commission once a broadcast deal has been finalised.
Meanwhile, both the NRL and the Titans are set to learn the fate of anti-vaccination pair Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly in the next 48 hours.
The Titans were hopeful of finding out on Sunday if an NRL application to have the pair cleared for training by the Queensland government was successful, but no decision had been made.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk refused to be drawn on the matter at her daily press conference.
Cartwright’s wife Shanelle fuelled the fire over the weekend by comparing the prosecution of anti-vaccination supporters to the plight faced by Holocaust victim Anne Frank.
“The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law, the people who killed her were following it,” the caption on her Instagram story post read.
Cartwright followed the Holocaust comparison by expressing her concerns about the Titans standing her husband down.
“According to the Australian immunisation handbook under 2.1.3 Valid Consent …” she wrote. “2. It must be given voluntarily in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation.
“This is exactly that. We’re entering very scary territory. Especially considering the flu shot has been proven to increase the incidence of corona viruses by 36%. Seems an odd choice – what is the motivation here?”
Elsewhere, the Storm will on Monday head back to Albury, where they will be based until at least Wednesday. Club officials are hopeful of receiving clearance to train at AAMI Park by Thursday.
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.