Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered cautious support to the NRL for its plan to restart the competition on May 28.
But Morrison echoes Australia Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys’ comments that they must do so with public health being paramount.
The Prime Minister told Channel Seven this morning that he welcomed the return of the Premiership as long as the NRL complied with the relevant health advice from the state and federal governments.
V’landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg have repeatedly stated throughout the coronavirus pandemic that they had been acting based on the advice of health professionals and governments, and would continue to do so in the lead-up to next month’s proposed restart of the competition.
Yesterday New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said he would have no objections if the NRL wanted all 16 teams to be based in the state.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday had said that she would not at this stage be giving the three Queensland-based NRL sides an exemption to cross the border into NSW unless they entered into a 14-day quarantine.