NRL clubs to return to home venues from round eight

The ARLC has given approval to allow NRL clubs to return to their standard home venues from round eight of the season.

The devision to end phase one of the NRL’s consolidated venue strategy means clubs will be allowed to play at their venue choice from July 2, with capped crowds in New South Wales and Queensland and applications under consideration in Victoria and the ACT.

Crowds will be permitted in NSW from round eight, providing they are capped at the lesser of 25% capacity or 10,000 fans.

The Queensland Government will finalise crowd restrictions after a trial of crowds of up to 2,000 this weekend.

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said: “This is an outstanding outcome for our clubs, our players and importantly our fans who have been so loyal, and patient, throughout this crisis.

“Our fans are everything and the opportunity to have them back in their home ground stands, is the greatest reward of all for their unwavering passion. I cannot wait to see and hear the return of that tribalism which makes rugby league so special.

“I also want to thank the state and federal governments for their ongoing assistance and to the Queensland government for allowing crowds of up to 2,000, that’s a great result for Queensland fans.”

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