The National Rugby League (RNL) of Australia will resume its matches this Thursday after more than two months of stoppage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between strict sanitary protocols, the third day of the championship, which stopped their matches on March 24, will resume behind closed doors with the confrontation between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels.
Training resumed in early May, when the country began to control the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 7,100 people on its territory, including 102 deaths.
The RNL is the first Australian professional sports championship starting after COVID-19, while the Government of the oceanic country plans to have its economy fully operational in July.
Australia still maintains movement restrictions between the eight states and territories that make up the nation and closed international borders, which has been an obstacle to the restart of the parties.
However, the cooperation between clubs, players and officials has managed to convince the authorities to allow movements under rigorous security measures.
“We have been dealing with experts and specialists in the field of biosecurity, pandemics and viruses. There were many logistical processes that we would not normally engage in to continue the competition, “said Graham Annesley, RNL director.
In addition, the New Zealand team Warriors, integrated into the Australian championship, will change its headquarters to the city of Tamworth, about 420 kilometers north of Sydney, although they will have to keep a quarantine of 14 days without leaving the concentration hotel, with the only permission to train with a safe distance in the premises of the premises.
The Rugby League will conclude, according to the new deadline, on October 25.