Brisbane’s coronavirus outbreak has forced the NRL to relocate the Queensland games in Round Four to Sydney.
The two NRL games scheduled for south-east Queensland in Round Four have been relocated to Sydney’s Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in response to Brisbane’s COVID-19 outbreak.
The Cronulla Sharks’ match against the North Queensland Cowboys will be played at the Kogarah venue from 5.15pm (AEDT) on Saturday, while the Gold Coast Titans’ clash with the Canberra Raiders will be begin at 7.45pm (AEDT) on the same day.
The Sharks-Cowboys clash had been scheduled to take place on the Sunshine Coast, while the Titans-Raiders match had been scheduled to be held on the Gold Coast.
“Our priority is ensuring all matches proceed this weekend,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement.
“While the infection rates in south-east Queensland are positive today, the risk of further outbreaks emerging between now and Saturday exists.
“By confirming the relocation of games today, all clubs, players and fans have certainty to plan for the weekend’s fixtures and as a game we eliminate the risk around whether those matches will take place.
“I want to thank all clubs who are making sacrifices for the greater good of our game.
“These are difficult decisions to make but decisions that ensure our competition continues this weekend without interruption.
“I also want to acknowledge our fans. I know fans on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast were looking forward to going to these games. We were particularly excited to be taking a game to the Sunshine Coast. However our priority must be ensuring we can complete round four without risk of losing matches.”
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