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NRL plans to restart on 28 May

Australian rugby league competition was suspended on 23 March
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The NRL plans to restart on 28 May after suspending the competition on 23 March. Australia's National Rugby League competition was another victim of the coronavirus pandemic and lasted just two rounds into the 2020 season. 

Australian Rugby League bosses said they wanted to give everyone involved in the sport some "certainty".

The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated sport around the world including Australia with most competitions cancelled or suspended. "We haven't finalised what that [competition] looks like yet," ARL commissioner Wayne Pearce said.

"Why we want to firm up a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of 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."

The ARL offered confirmation that it intended to play the full three-game State of Origin series in June and July. They also reiterated their desire to keep the NRL grand final one match that is played in Sydney.

The decisions were made after a conversation with representatives from all 16 NRL clubs. ARL chairman Peter V'landys said: "The situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.

"We have said right from the start that what we say today may need to change tomorrow. We will be flexible, and if the trend changes or if government restrictions change then so will we. The health and safety of our players and the general public remains the absolute priority."

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