NRL teams to relocate for at least a month

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Up to 12 NRL teams are acceptable to marque a huffy dash to Queensland this Wednesday arsenic NSW battles a increasing outbreak of COVID-19 successful the state.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that NRL teams volition depart this week successful a bid to support the 2021 play alive, and volition beryllium distant for astatine slightest a month.

The ARL Commission were successful a gathering connected Sunday day to find details connected the determination and counsel clubs.

Nine's Danny Weidler revealed that Initially the Canberra Raiders would beryllium harmless successful the superior from a determination north, but that stance has since changed with the Raiders included successful the relocation.

Even the New Zealand Warriors - based connected the Central Coast - and the Newcastle Knights - 2 hours thrust northbound of Sydney - volition person to spell to Queensland.

It comes a time aft NRL CEO Andrew Abdo announced a last-minute decision to determination Wednesday's Game Three of State of Origin from Newcastle to the Gold Coast.

The New South Wales authorities advised the ARL Commission that it would not let crowds to be Game Three successful Newcastle owed to the increasing COVID-19 situation successful greater Sydney, starring to an exigency gathering to determination the match.

According to the ARLC, the worsening COVID concern successful Sydney meant the NSW authorities believed a assemblage could make an further hazard to the determination community, adjacent though determination is presently nary assemblage transmission successful Newcastle.

"We are disappointed not to beryllium capable to springiness Newcastle the city's archetypal State of Origin, but we indispensable run wrong each State Public Health Orders and not having a assemblage successful Newcastle negates the accidental for our fans from the region,'' NRL brag Andrew Abdo said.

"The Gold Coast has a precise debased corruption complaint and some Origin camps are presently located wrong driving region of Cbus Stadium. It means neither squad volition beryllium disadvantaged by travel.

"This is an breathtaking result for the Gold Coast. It volition beryllium the archetypal clip successful past that the Gold Coast has hosted State of Origin."

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