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NRL restarting on May 28 - Clubs soon to resume training

  • ARL Commissioner Wayne Pearce confirmed the Telstra Premiership ladder will remain intact
  • Teams set to begin training on May 4

Australian Rugby League Commissioner Wayne Pearce has confirmed the NRL will restart on May 28 with teams set to begin training on May 4.

The move comes after the competition got the green light from government to recommence. Pearce said on Wednesday that the 2020 NRL season would definitely be up and running by the last week of May.

He also confirmed that the Telstra Premiership ladder would remain intact with all points carried over. The competition was suspended on March 23 after two rounds.

"What we achieved today was a lot more clarity around the medical process and what those protocols are. We clarified that May 28 is a definite and also confirmed that May 4 is the resumption date for training." Pearce said.

"What was also confirmed that the competition points that had been earned in the first two rounds will carry over to the extended competition.

"Everyone is supportive of what we're doing. Everyone is unified into getting back on the field.

"We feel like we owe it to not just the players and coaches but the thousands of staff members at various clubs and associated industries that are out on the unemployment lines too."

"The key stakeholders in regards to the competition structure are the broadcasters so we're liaising with the broadcasters at the moment," he said.

"We hope that we'll be in a position, sooner rather than later, to announce what the competition structure looks like and what the end date of the competition will be."

Pearce commended state and federal governments in Australia and New Zealand for their determination to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's great the broader infection rates have come right down, the government and public have done a great job," he said.

"We wouldn't be in a position as a code to fast-track what we're doing if it wasn't for the great work being done by the government and public.

"The more people that can play not just rugby league but sport the sooner, the better.

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