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I'm pretty staggered that they've done this. How are they going to be able to work around the fact that QLD has effectively closed its borders to other states? Moreover the NZ Warriors would need to quarantine upon entering Australia for a full 14 days. Maybe separate pools?

And even if they can get around the logistics of moving teams around the country and across the Tasman during this time, how can they enforce physical distancing during games? It's pretty hard to tackle someone whilst staying 1.5 metres away from them.

NRL announce May 28 return with potential for full season on the cards
By Michael Chammas
Updated April 9, 2020 — 5.11pmfirst published at 2.31pm


The NRL will restart the season on May 28 and have mapped out a strategy to "fulfil its contractual obligations" to broadcasters by playing the remaining 22 rounds and finishing the season in November.

The governing body has announced the competition will return in seven weeks, but will first need to come to an agreement with its broadcast partners over the value of the rights deal before signing off on the structure of the season.

As revealed by the Herald on Wednesday afternoon, the NRL had two proposals on the table and were set to decide on either a 15-round competition that would see all teams play each other once or a 16-round, two-conference system.

However, the Herald has been told by sources with knowledge of the discussions that tense broadcast negotiations have forced them to rethink those plans, with the NRL now considering fulfilling its contractual obligations and playing the remaining 22 rounds of football that could see the competition head into November.

"Today what we landed on was a starting date," ARL commissioner Wayne Pearce said.

"We haven't finalised what that [competition] looks like yet. Why we want to firm up a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands or people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.

"It's a mark for everyone to work towards that's associated with the game."

Strangely, the clubs weren't told about the NRL's plans for a 22-round season when they had their phone hook-up with the governing body on Thursday afternoon.

It's understood the latest possible date that the NRL is willing to play the grand final without disruption to the 2021 season is November 15.

The innovation committee meeting on Thursday, which lasted almost four hours and included a special appearance from South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett, also decided that State of Origin series would be played in the middle of the season.

Souths coach Wayne Bennett made a special guest appearance at the NRL's innovation committee meeting on Thursday.
Souths coach Wayne Bennett made a special guest appearance at the NRL's innovation committee meeting on Thursday.CREDIT:GETTY

As it stands, the NRL is waiting for formal government approval before deciding on whether all teams will be based in Sydney at the start of the competition, with discussions around border exemptions well under way.

The Queensland government isn’t providing the same freedom as NSW, but there is confidence that by the time the season restarts the restrictions will be relaxed.

That would allow all teams, with the likely exception of the Warriors, to base themselves at home and travel interstate on chartered flights on game day. If things don't change, interstate teams will need to be based in Sydney.

"We're leaning towards a competition structure that looks more aligned with what we've currently got. We're not going to the conference scenario at the moment," he said.

"We've currently got support from the NSW government in terms of if we adhere to public health guidelines and make sure our players follow those guidelines we are able to train and play provided we have strict measures around testing the players and put other protocols in place to minimise the risk of infection within the playing group and community"

It was also determined that all teams would have to return to pre-season training at the same time to not disadvantage clubs such as the Warriors, who at this point will have to undergo a 14-day self-isolation program when they arrive in Australia.

May 4 has been earmarked as the first day of training, however as it stands the Warriors are in lockdown in New Zealand until the end of this month, and would require government exemption to travel across the Tasman.

Complicating matters is a frosty relationship between the NRL and broadcast partner Channel Nine (the publishers of this masthead), highlighted by a scathing attack on the governing body from the free-to-air network on Thursday.

"At Nine we had hoped to work with the NRL on a solution to the issues facing rugby league in 2020, brought on so starkly by COVID-19," said a spokesperson for Nine.

"But this health crisis in our community has highlighted the mismanagement of the code over many years. Nine has invested hundreds of millions in this game over decades and we now find they have profoundly wasted those funds with very little to fall back on to support the clubs, the players and supporters.

"In the past the NRL have had problems and we've bailed them out many times, including a $50m loan to support clubs when the last contract was signed. It would now appear that much of that has been squandered by a bloated head office completely ignoring the needs of the clubs, players and supporters."

The attack, which could well be the final nail in the coffin of NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg, has cast a huge cloud over Nine's future in the sport.

The Herald's revelation that the NRL intends to play out the remainder of the 22 rounds was met with angst by Nine insiders, who had previously expressed a reluctance to push past the traditional early October grand final.

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Wouldn’t be surprised if the Warriors put it in the “too hard basket” and drop out all together.
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BBB wrote:Wouldn’t be surprised if the Warriors put it in the “too hard basket” and drop out all together.
To be honest, they might feel that basing themselves on the Gold Coast for a few months isn't a bad option. KFC is open in Australia.
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Good on the NRL for their never say die attitude.
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Does seem crazy.

It's not implausible that Australia and New Zealand could be at their worst for Corona deaths in May. It only takes one asymptomatic super spreader to be a bit lax and she's off again.
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Ali's Choice wrote:I'm pretty staggered that they've done this. How are they going to be able to work around the fact that QLD has effectively closed its borders to other states? Moreover the NZ Warriors would need to quarantine upon entering Australia for a full 14 days. Maybe separate pools?

And even if they can get around the logistics of moving teams around the country and across the Tasman during this time, how can they enforce physical distancing during games? It's pretty hard to tackle someone whilst staying 1.5 metres away from them.
Hasn't the article you posted in the OP answered the majority of your questions. Plus this is clearly going to be all dependant on a slightly different landscape in Australia by the 28th of May. What they don't want is to be unprepared. It's desperate times and preparations have to be made for a resumption as soon as possible.
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Anonymous. wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:I'm pretty staggered that they've done this. How are they going to be able to work around the fact that QLD has effectively closed its borders to other states? Moreover the NZ Warriors would need to quarantine upon entering Australia for a full 14 days. Maybe separate pools?

And even if they can get around the logistics of moving teams around the country and across the Tasman during this time, how can they enforce physical distancing during games? It's pretty hard to tackle someone whilst staying 1.5 metres away from them.
Hasn't the article you posted in the OP answered the majority of your questions
No it doesn't. The NRL Chairman was talking on the news seconds ago and he couldn't confirm anything about the comp structure aside from the restart date,
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Ali's Choice wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:I'm pretty staggered that they've done this. How are they going to be able to work around the fact that QLD has effectively closed its borders to other states? Moreover the NZ Warriors would need to quarantine upon entering Australia for a full 14 days. Maybe separate pools?

And even if they can get around the logistics of moving teams around the country and across the Tasman during this time, how can they enforce physical distancing during games? It's pretty hard to tackle someone whilst staying 1.5 metres away from them.
Hasn't the article you posted in the OP answered the majority of your questions
No it doesn't. The NRL Chairman was talking on the news seconds ago and he couldn't confirm anything about the comp structure aside from the restart date,
Talking quick and making shite up as you go along. Always the hallmark of someone with a well-considered proposal. :roll:

If I were advising the Premier or Health Minister on this, the recommendation in my brief would itself be brief indeed: Yeah. Nah. Get fúcked.
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MungoMan wrote: Talking quick and making shite up as you go along. Always the hallmark of someone with a well-considered proposal. :roll:
Peter V'landys was so vague as to make the interview on WIN news completely pointless.

Personally I think this is a desperate move, designed to keep banks, creditors and broadcasters at arms length.
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Ali's Choice wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:I'm pretty staggered that they've done this. How are they going to be able to work around the fact that QLD has effectively closed its borders to other states? Moreover the NZ Warriors would need to quarantine upon entering Australia for a full 14 days. Maybe separate pools?

And even if they can get around the logistics of moving teams around the country and across the Tasman during this time, how can they enforce physical distancing during games? It's pretty hard to tackle someone whilst staying 1.5 metres away from them.
Hasn't the article you posted in the OP answered the majority of your questions
No it doesn't. The NRL Chairman was talking on the news seconds ago and he couldn't confirm anything about the comp structure aside from the restart date,
Well that is one question but from the article posted it's clearly a work in progress. It's the 9th of April and they are looking to restart in 7 weeks so they have maybe 5 weeks to get that sorted. I'm not hazarding a guess a to their chances but you know this anyway.
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Ali's Choice wrote:
MungoMan wrote: Talking quick and making shite up as you go along. Always the hallmark of someone with a well-considered proposal. :roll:
Peter V'landys was so vague as to make the interview on WIN news completely pointless.

Personally I think this is a desperate move, designed to keep banks, creditors and broadcasters at aren's length.
It's exactly that a desperate move. Working things out on the fly. It's that or lay down and die
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Desperate move.
I reckon rugby union had a hand in NRL's current situation. They were really worried when rugby were poaching guys like SBW, Burgess, Folau (via AFL) etc, that they put forth a plan to save their top talents. This pushed the top earning players to the million a year range. Obviously, the second tier players moved up as well suddenly the salary cap rose significantly. As a result there wasnt much surplus if at all year in year out.
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Ali's Choice wrote:
MungoMan wrote: Talking quick and making shite up as you go along. Always the hallmark of someone with a well-considered proposal. :roll:
Peter V'landys was so vague as to make the interview on WIN news completely pointless.

Personally I think this is a desperate move, designed to keep banks, creditors and broadcasters at arms length.
Designed to stay execution would be another way of putting it
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One thing to keep in mind is that big mining companies currently have exemptions for FIFO workers in QLD. So presumably the NRL could apply for the same exemptions, allowing them to fly players around the country whilst being exempt from QLD's current quarantine rules?
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Ali's Choice wrote:I'm pretty staggered that they've done this. How are they going to be able to work around the fact that QLD has effectively closed its borders to other states? Moreover the NZ Warriors would need to quarantine upon entering Australia for a full 14 days. Maybe separate pools?

And even if they can get around the logistics of moving teams around the country and across the Tasman during this time, how can they enforce physical distancing during games? It's pretty hard to tackle someone whilst staying 1.5 metres away from them.

NRL announce May 28 return with potential for full season on the cards
By Michael Chammas
Updated April 9, 2020 — 5.11pmfirst published at 2.31pm


The NRL will restart the season on May 28 and have mapped out a strategy to "fulfil its contractual obligations" to broadcasters by playing the remaining 22 rounds and finishing the season in November.

The governing body has announced the competition will return in seven weeks, but will first need to come to an agreement with its broadcast partners over the value of the rights deal before signing off on the structure of the season.

As revealed by the Herald on Wednesday afternoon, the NRL had two proposals on the table and were set to decide on either a 15-round competition that would see all teams play each other once or a 16-round, two-conference system.

However, the Herald has been told by sources with knowledge of the discussions that tense broadcast negotiations have forced them to rethink those plans, with the NRL now considering fulfilling its contractual obligations and playing the remaining 22 rounds of football that could see the competition head into November.

"Today what we landed on was a starting date," ARL commissioner Wayne Pearce said.

"We haven't finalised what that [competition] looks like yet. Why we want to firm up a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands or people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.

"It's a mark for everyone to work towards that's associated with the game."

Strangely, the clubs weren't told about the NRL's plans for a 22-round season when they had their phone hook-up with the governing body on Thursday afternoon.

It's understood the latest possible date that the NRL is willing to play the grand final without disruption to the 2021 season is November 15.

The innovation committee meeting on Thursday, which lasted almost four hours and included a special appearance from South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett, also decided that State of Origin series would be played in the middle of the season.

Souths coach Wayne Bennett made a special guest appearance at the NRL's innovation committee meeting on Thursday.
Souths coach Wayne Bennett made a special guest appearance at the NRL's innovation committee meeting on Thursday.CREDIT:GETTY

As it stands, the NRL is waiting for formal government approval before deciding on whether all teams will be based in Sydney at the start of the competition, with discussions around border exemptions well under way.

The Queensland government isn’t providing the same freedom as NSW, but there is confidence that by the time the season restarts the restrictions will be relaxed.

That would allow all teams, with the likely exception of the Warriors, to base themselves at home and travel interstate on chartered flights on game day. If things don't change, interstate teams will need to be based in Sydney.

"We're leaning towards a competition structure that looks more aligned with what we've currently got. We're not going to the conference scenario at the moment," he said.

"We've currently got support from the NSW government in terms of if we adhere to public health guidelines and make sure our players follow those guidelines we are able to train and play provided we have strict measures around testing the players and put other protocols in place to minimise the risk of infection within the playing group and community"

It was also determined that all teams would have to return to pre-season training at the same time to not disadvantage clubs such as the Warriors, who at this point will have to undergo a 14-day self-isolation program when they arrive in Australia.

May 4 has been earmarked as the first day of training, however as it stands the Warriors are in lockdown in New Zealand until the end of this month, and would require government exemption to travel across the Tasman.

Complicating matters is a frosty relationship between the NRL and broadcast partner Channel Nine (the publishers of this masthead), highlighted by a scathing attack on the governing body from the free-to-air network on Thursday.

"At Nine we had hoped to work with the NRL on a solution to the issues facing rugby league in 2020, brought on so starkly by COVID-19," said a spokesperson for Nine.

"But this health crisis in our community has highlighted the mismanagement of the code over many years. Nine has invested hundreds of millions in this game over decades and we now find they have profoundly wasted those funds with very little to fall back on to support the clubs, the players and supporters.

"In the past the NRL have had problems and we've bailed them out many times, including a $50m loan to support clubs when the last contract was signed. It would now appear that much of that has been squandered by a bloated head office completely ignoring the needs of the clubs, players and supporters."

The attack, which could well be the final nail in the coffin of NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg, has cast a huge cloud over Nine's future in the sport.

The Herald's revelation that the NRL intends to play out the remainder of the 22 rounds was met with angst by Nine insiders, who had previously expressed a reluctance to push past the traditional early October grand final.

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Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It hasn't even stopped running through this but racing has always had government in its back pocket.
It so happens they have the same grub running both sports.
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grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
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Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
They are all hopeless, every one. Including the NRL, FA, ACB even AFL are open to criticism although they will come out if this the best.
Few deserve to keep their jobs on fat pay-packets.
If you think Castle is worth her $815,000 a year salary you need to leave the education sector.
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I think it's more about keeping money in V'landys' pocket.

The players are very clearly displeased with where the money has gone.

I was impressed with the Supercars virtual racing....it looks almost eeal
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grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
They are all hopeless, every one. Including the NRL, FA, ACB even AFL are open to criticism although they will come out if this the best.
Few deserve to keep their jobs on fat pay-packets.
If you think Castle is worth her $815,000 a year salary you need to leave the education sector.
One thing I will say about sporting bodies all over the world is most seem to have rules in place for what happens if the competition cannot be completed but no insurance against such a catastrophic possibility
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grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
Yes, power brokers. Phil Kearns, Nick Farr-Jones, Jeremy Paul etc. Whilst the NRL has been desperately trying to save their game, Australian Rugby stakeholders have been trying to execute a leadership coup and power grab. The disparity in priorities between the two codes here in Australia has been telling.
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Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
Yes, power brokers. Phil Kearns, Nick Farr-Jones, Jeremy Paul etc. Whilst the NRL has been desperately trying to save their game, Australian Rugby stakeholders have been trying to execute a leadership coup and power grab. The disparity in priorities between the two codes here in Australia has been telling.
Oh Hark Rugby League! Great troll, one of your best, you're becoming quite the league fanboi on here.
Rugby has never worked in the boardroom here, everyone knows that its what has kept the game back.
Remember, its been professional for 25 years, League for 115 years or something and is still broke :lol:
Who is more stupid?
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The NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was interviewed on The Project tonight. When asked if the NRL was being premature with today's announcement, and irresponsible given current initiatives to encourage self isolation, he strangely was very supportive of the May 28 announcement. He went as far as saying that sports could "lift the spirits of the community" and this move could be the beginning of a "pathway back to normal". I was very surprised by these comments, which suggest that the NSW state govt is in bed with the NRL and is collaborating with the code over the May 28 competition restart.
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grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
Yes, power brokers. Phil Kearns, Nick Farr-Jones, Jeremy Paul etc. Whilst the NRL has been desperately trying to save their game, Australian Rugby stakeholders have been trying to execute a leadership coup and power grab. The disparity in priorities between the two codes here in Australia has been telling.
Oh Hark Rugby League! Great troll, one of your best, you're becoming quite the league fanboi on here.
Rugby has never worked in the boardroom here, everyone knows that its what has kept the game back.
Remember, its been professional for 25 years, League for 115 years or something and is still broke :lol:
Who is more stupid?
Maybe the one not trying to get out of the way of the train
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Anonymous. wrote:
grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
They are all hopeless, every one. Including the NRL, FA, ACB even AFL are open to criticism although they will come out if this the best.
Few deserve to keep their jobs on fat pay-packets.
If you think Castle is worth her $815,000 a year salary you need to leave the education sector.
One thing I will say about sporting bodies all over the world is most seem to have rules in place for what happens if the competition cannot be completed but no insurance against such a catastrophic possibility
It wouldn't make sense to insure against such an event. It will cost a lot in premium and if it occurs it will bankrupt the insurer. You're better off suffer the loss and do the best you can to recover.
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Ali's Choice wrote:The NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was interviewed on The Project tonight. When asked if the NRL was being premature with today's announcement, and irresponsible given current initiatives to encourage self isolation, he strangely was very supportive of the May 28 announcement. He went as far as saying that sports could "lift the spirits of the community" and this move could be the beginning of a "pathway back to normal". I was very surprised by these comments, which suggest that the NSW state govt is in bed with the NRL and is collaborating with the code over the May 28 competition restart.
Neat correlation of the most irresponsible state with the most irresponsible sport.
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CrazyIslander wrote:
Anonymous. wrote:
grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
They are all hopeless, every one. Including the NRL, FA, ACB even AFL are open to criticism although they will come out if this the best.
Few deserve to keep their jobs on fat pay-packets.
If you think Castle is worth her $815,000 a year salary you need to leave the education sector.
One thing I will say about sporting bodies all over the world is most seem to have rules in place for what happens if the competition cannot be completed but no insurance against such a catastrophic possibility
It wouldn't make sense to insure against such an event. It will cost a lot in premium and if it occurs it will bankrupt the insurer. You're better off suffer the loss and do the best you can to recover.
Imagine if the IOC took that attitude with the biggest sporting event in the world
The IOC takes out around $800 million of protection for each Summer Games, which covers most of the roughly $1 billion investment it makes in each host city. Insurance sources estimated it would pay a premium of about 2-3%, giving a bill of up to $24 million to insure the Tokyo event.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-olymp ... KKCN20M1YF
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Ali's Choice wrote:One thing to keep in mind is that big mining companies currently have exemptions for FIFO workers in QLD. So presumably the NRL could apply for the same exemptions, allowing them to fly players around the country whilst being exempt from QLD's current quarantine rules?
How do you think that would fly with the public politically?

NRL gone down again in my opinion :nod:
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Ali's Choice wrote:The NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was interviewed on The Project tonight. When asked if the NRL was being premature with today's announcement, and irresponsible given current initiatives to encourage self isolation, he strangely was very supportive of the May 28 announcement. He went as far as saying that sports could "lift the spirits of the community" and this move could be the beginning of a "pathway back to normal". I was very surprised by these comments, which suggest that the NSW state govt is in bed with the NRL and is collaborating with the code over the May 28 competition restart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAXG_QcQNU
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There is no doubt that the NSW govt has invested significantly in the NRL, and in venues where NRL teams are the major tenants. However these investments are small beer compared with the ongoing cost of trying to fight the impact of COVID-19. In reality I don't think it's about the money, I think that the NSW government is genuinely keen for some good news, and is appreciative that the NRL is being as creative as it can be to make a comp work in 2020, and will do what it can to support a comp within the framework of rules and restrictions that it deems necessary to keep the populace safe. May 28th is 6 weeks away and lots can happen between now and then.
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Put them all in a resort somewhere that has enough fields where they can train and play, turn it into a big brother type reality show and sit back to watch the carnage.
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blackblackblack wrote:Put them all in a resort somewhere that has enough fields where they can train and play, turn it into a big brother type reality show and sit back to watch the carnage.
Canberra. :nod:
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Salient wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:One thing to keep in mind is that big mining companies currently have exemptions for FIFO workers in QLD. So presumably the NRL could apply for the same exemptions, allowing them to fly players around the country whilst being exempt from QLD's current quarantine rules?
How do you think that would fly with the public politically?

NRL gone down again in my opinion :nod:
They dont care, they never have. They rely on being the working man's sport so everything will be forgiven.
Its all about being the first sport back, they want to try to sell coverage in the US thinking they can make a mint form being the only sport running and "converting" Nth America to loige.
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Salient wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:One thing to keep in mind is that big mining companies currently have exemptions for FIFO workers in QLD. So presumably the NRL could apply for the same exemptions, allowing them to fly players around the country whilst being exempt from QLD's current quarantine rules?
How do you think that would fly with the public politically?

NRL gone down again in my opinion :nod:
Right now it's gone down badly. Everyone is making social and economic sacrifices, and the NRL's announcement yesterday really makes a mockery of these sacrifices and lays down a timeline that is at odds with any timelines we've heard with regards to an easing of restrictions.
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Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
Yes, power brokers. Phil Kearns, Nick Farr-Jones, Jeremy Paul etc. Whilst the NRL has been desperately trying to save their game, Australian Rugby stakeholders have been trying to execute a leadership coup and power grab. The disparity in priorities between the two codes here in Australia has been telling.
Go watch league then you cretin. It suits pissheads like you.
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Ali's Choice wrote:The NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro was interviewed on The Project tonight. When asked if the NRL was being premature with today's announcement, and irresponsible given current initiatives to encourage self isolation, he strangely was very supportive of the May 28 announcement. He went as far as saying that sports could "lift the spirits of the community" and this move could be the beginning of a "pathway back to normal". I was very surprised by these comments, which suggest that the NSW state govt is in bed with the NRL and is collaborating with the code over the May 28 competition restart.
Someone has got to make the first move to get this shit show back on track. Atleast the NRL have the balls to do something rather than just ride it out and wither on the vine.

Not everyone thinks we should be in isolation akin to Martial law for the next 6 to 12 months. Plenty of experts sayin its unneccesary and a quick 5 to 6 week full isolation would suffice.

Stop scaremongering you fool
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CrazyIslander wrote:You're better off suffer the loss and do the best you can to recover.
That's how I feel about this virus.
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RandomNavigat0r wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:
Ali's Choice wrote:
grievous wrote:Only racing is a grubbier "sport" than league. It so happens they have the same grub running them.
Fair enough. Still, whilst the NRL has spent the last few weeks trying to save their game and restart their comp, Australian Rugby power-brokers seem to have spent the last few weeks trying to tear the game apart and execute a coup on RA leadership.
"Rugby power brokers" :lol:
Yes, power brokers. Phil Kearns, Nick Farr-Jones, Jeremy Paul etc. Whilst the NRL has been desperately trying to save their game, Australian Rugby stakeholders have been trying to execute a leadership coup and power grab. The disparity in priorities between the two codes here in Australia has been telling.
Go watch league then you cretin. It suits pissheads like you.
You and Grievous are incredibly sensitive with regards to league/union. While Ali has been involved in junior league, that seemed due mostly to how well run it was in the isolated area he was living in at the time. At a guess I'd say Ali watches 9 games of rugby to every game of league he watches. No need to be so defensive, he's one of your brother's in arms.
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blackblackblack wrote:Put them all in a resort somewhere that has enough fields where they can train and play, turn it into a big brother type reality show and sit back to watch the carnage.
Who's going to supply the drugs and girls?
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Ted. wrote:
blackblackblack wrote:Put them all in a resort somewhere that has enough fields where they can train and play, turn it into a big brother type reality show and sit back to watch the carnage.
Canberra. :nod:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

We have winner already!
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