NRL announces ‘self-isolation program’ to minimise player risk
Thu 19 Mar 2020, 05:35 PM
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The NRL is set to introduce a “self-isolation program” for players in a bid to ensure safety measures are met during the global coronavirus pandemic. After the ARL Commission met at Rugby League Central on Thursday, chairman Peter V’landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg announced players would be briefed on plans to reduce the risk of a player contracting the virus throughout the season.
As part of the new match-day procedures finalised in conjunction with the Rugby League Players Association, there will only be essential interaction between players and the general community.
“The details of the program will be worked out with the clubs and players taking into account the expert advice,” V’landys said."There’s only going to be essential interaction with our players and the general community.Why Bennett wants games to go onWhy Bennett wants games to go on
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"Any non-essential contact will be reduced. The detail will be worked out so they are aware of their responsibilities."V’landys said the NRL would continue to explore every option in the wake of the global issue because “the whole survival of our game is at risk”.However, he reiterated the safety of the game’s players and staff remained a high priority.
“The best advice we have received is that we can continue to play and we can continue until another contingency is encountered,” V’landys said."In order to have the game viable we need to play every game, the finals series and the State of Origin series. “That is our second objective and all players are on side with that, we need to see the season out.”