March 23, 2020
Warriors lose out in Covid fight
The Warriors’ decision to stay in Australia has been in vain with the National Rugby League last night abandoning efforts to keep the competition going.
ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys says it is heeding advice from government medical experts that because of Australia’s rapid rate of Covid-19 infection, it can no longer guarantee the safety of its players if they continue to play.
It had looked to play all games in Queensland so it could honour its broadcasting commitments, which bring in about $500 million a year.
Sports commentator Ken Laban says the survival of many clubs is in doubt because they don’t have the deep pockets of other codes.
Keeping the competition going was always going to be a tough ask.
"It seems ironic we can talk about having some sort of social isolation or social spacing and on every tackle, there's blokes belting each other," he says.
The NRL still hopes it can resume the season later in the year, even if that means playing until almost Christmas, but for now the Warriors are scrambling to bring players and staff back over the Tasman.
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