Coronavirus: NRL players open to living on an island together in isolation, says union boss

The Warriors last played on the Gold Coast against the Raiders. Picture: NRL

The NRL players’ union have revealed they’re willing to consider all the game’s stars living in a bubble together to ensure the 2020 season can restart.

The NRL have now shifted their attention to getting back on the field, after a pay deal was brokered between them and the Rugby League Players Association on Thursday.

Under the terms of the agreement, players will receive their wages for April and May, but will not be paid for the following five months if the competition doesn’t resume due to the coronavirus.

But with the financial survival of the clubs and long-term position of the NRL banking on a return, all parties are desperate for the show to somehow go on.

The most feasible current option includes players being taken to a remote location, and shipped or bussed to grounds to play without any contact with the general public.

Gladstone in central Queensland has previously been floated as one option, while Tangalooma Island Resort just off Brisbane shapes as another.


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