The NRL has upped its biosecurity measures, putting players under level four restrictions amid the delta strain outbreak.
Nine’s Danny Weidler reports the new level of restrictions will see players unable to have any visitors into their homes amid other stringent conditions aimed at keeping the game afloat.
It comes as the league grapples with where to host the final leg of the 2021 State of Origin series.
With the centre of the recent delta outbreak in Sydney, it will be impossible to play game three in the city. But fans are still eager to see the fixture on home soil. Newcastle has been floated as a viable option.
NRL bosses reportedly spent today analysing options for the code’s immediate future ahead of an important commission meeting on Tuesday.
Peter V’landys (Dominic Lorrimer)
Sydney clubs are still preparing to play games at home this weekend in front of no crowds.
“There’s a lot going on and it’s been an incredible couple of days, you think: ‘here we go again’,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said yesterday.
“We planned for this, we went through it together last year and we got through it and we will get through it again.
“First, tonight (Origin II at Suncorp), there was a lot of work to get the exemption to play and get the players up there.
“As late as an hour and a half ago we got information from the Queensland government to send an order to everyone going to the game they had to wear masks.
“We had to get 40,000 masks to be available at the stadium just for the game to go ahead with crowds in attendance.”
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