NRL confirms return date of May 28

The ARL Commission has confirmed the NRL will get back underway on May 28.

Resumption of the competition remains subject to ongoing advice from government and health experts along with all broadcast partners.

Project Apollo met this morning and recommended that the NRL resumes on May 28, State of Origin to be played in its usual three-game format and for the Grand Final to be played in Sydney as a standard one-match format.

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said: “Our goal is to give as much certainty as we can in uncertain times.

“There is clear evidence the curve is flattening. The NSW Government has done a great job in reducing the infection rate from 22.27% when we suspended the competition to 1.43% today.

“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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