NRL definitely restarting on May 28

The NRL is definitely set to restart on May 28, the Australian Rugby League commissioner has confirmed. Just two rounds of the competition were played before the 2020 season was suspended indefinitely on March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic .However, commissioner Wayne Pearce revealed state and local governments had approved plans for a restart in late May.Teams are set to begin training on May 4 to prepare for the resumption.Speaking after a meeting of his Project Apollo innovations committee on Wednesday, Pearce said: "What we achieved today was a lot more clarity around the medical process and what those protocols are." We clarified that May 28 is a definite and also confirmed that May 4 is the resumption date for training. "What was also confirmed was that the competition points that had been earned in the first two rounds will carry over to the extended competition. "Everyone is supportive of what we're doing. Everyone is unified into getting back on the field. "We feel like we owe it to not just the players and coaches but the thousands of staff members at various clubs and associated industries that are out on the unemployment lines too." The key stakeholders in regards to the competition structure are the broadcasters so we're liaising with the broadcasters at the moment. "We hope that we'll be in a position, sooner rather than later, to announce what the competition structure looks like and what the end date of the competition will be. "Asked about the NRL's sole foreign club, New Zealand Warriors, who are still awaiting an exemption to enter Australia, Pearce replied:" We are working with the government authorities to get them over here and get them through a quarantine period and have them ready with the other teams for the start of the competition. "We're working through all those details, we haven't finalized that yet."

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