NRL and RLPA agree return

The NRL will be ready to return on 28 May, after the NRL and RLPA finalised an agreement.

Players will be getting at least 80-per-cent of their contracts for the 2020 season, which was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, the RLPA, the players union, expressed concerns over the return of the NRL and were seeking assurances over pay and welfare.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys said in a statement: “It is full steam ahead for the resumption of the competition on May 28. All eyes will be on the NRL as the only live sport on television. There will never have been more interest in rugby league than on May 28.

“Rugby league is part of the social fabric of so many communities. In these difficult times it will provide a tonic for so many seeking a form of normality during a period where nothing is normal.

“The New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm have had to leave their homes and their families and on behalf of all rugby league fans we thank them for that and we thank all players who will be living with stronger restrictions than current government health orders.”

Meanwhile, RLPA chairman Clive Newton added: “Our players are committed to bringing our sport back to the community. They have been asked to step up during these unprecedented times and their response shows their persistence and resilience.

“The induction day yesterday was very important. Like many in our community, players will have changed domestic arrangements and an added weight of responsibility with time away from family and reduced payments – but one thing that won’t be impacted is their effort on the field and their commitment to the game and its fans.”

Players are due to return to training tomorrow.

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