The Queensland Reds have gained approval to return home to Brisbane, after detouring to Sydney from Western Australia.

The Queensland Reds have gained approval to return home to Brisbane, after detouring to Sydney from Western Australia.

The Reds played the Force on Friday evening, just before Perth entered a three-day lockdown – which started at midnight.

The team managed to charter a flight to Sydney and continued conversations with the Queensland Government about their “safe return” to Brisbane.

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They will fly back home on Monday night.

“We have been successfully working with the Queensland Government to protect the health and safety of our staff, players and community. It’s essential we do this, and it will continue to remain a priority moving forward,” QRU CEO David Hanham said.

When the team returns they will quarantine at home, and will continue training in their bubble at Ballymore.

“In line with the same successful model put in place last year, protocols will be taken to fence-off Ballymore with only essential players and staff allowed to enter the premises to ensure strict biosecurity measures are taken as outlined in our approved Queensland Government submission,” Hanham said.

Any players and staff that did not travel to WA who are currently in Queensland and who will join the ‘Ballymore bubble’ during the week will also comply with the same home quarantine requirements.  

The Reds will host the grand final in a fortnight, against either the Force or the ACT Brumbies.

The Force leapfrogged Melbourne on the ladder with that stunning upset win last week, and now travel to Canberra for Saturday’s qualifying final.

The winner will face the well-rested Reds.

“In addition to protecting the health and safety of everyone involved, these protocols are in place to ensure the team can continue their training preparations ahead of next Saturday’s Super Rugby AU Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium,” Hanham said.

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