Players have been subject to tough restrictions in order for the NRL to return. Picture: David Swift
Players have been subject to tough restrictions in order for the NRL to return. Picture: David Swift

NRL calls on government to burst player bubble

A return to cafes, restaurants and the simple act of leaving their homes is closer than ever for every NRL player and staff member who has spent the past seven weeks inside the code's strict biosecurity bubble.

The NRL has confirmed to all 16 clubs that a letter of request to commence the process of easing restrictions for the game's elite has been sent to the NSW Government.

The NRL wants the government to approve the eased restrictions, as soon as this weekend.

 

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The list of eased restriction items that the NRL has asked the government to acknowledge are fair and understandable given the continual return to normality by the rest of the wider public.

As well as wanting players and clubs to have the option again to go out for a meal, or a coffee with the rest of the wider community, the NRL has told clubs that they have also asked the government to approve players to recommence using public transport.

The NRL also acknowledges the need for a relaxation on those players and football staff members being able to interact with club officials and players, who have remained outside every club's 50-person bubble.

The NRL wants restrictions eased by this weekend.

 

NRLC chairman Peter V'Landys has been a big figure in getting the NRL back on the field. Picture: Nikki Short
NRLC chairman Peter V'Landys has been a big figure in getting the NRL back on the field. Picture: Nikki Short

The NRL will provide an update on the codes desire to ease bubble restriction during a 10am Wednesday phone hook-up that will include all 16 club CEOs, ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys and interim NRL CEO Andrew Abdo.

The phone conference will also include a discussion on the NRL's attempt to have every club playing matches from their traditional home venues by round eight.

Originally published as NRL calls on government to burst player bubble

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