Prime Minister Scott Morrison has boosted the hopes of the NRL and New Zealand Warriors if the competition is revived from its coronavirus coma as planned on May 28.
The NRL’s innovation committee Project Apollo announced that the competition intends to resume in late May after being grounded just first two rounds into the season.
After being approved by the NSW government, the major hurdle to overcome is relocating teams outside the state.
The first challenge facing the NRL is getting Auckland-based New Zealand Warriors into the country. but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hinted the side could be granted an exemption to rejoin its rivals.
"Now if there is any country in the world with whom we can reconnect with first, undoubtedly that’s New Zealand,” Morrison said.
The Warriors will need an exemption by the Australian Border Force, though this has already been granted to some international travellers.
But the NRL seems confident the sole overseas-based side will play as they are currently investigating whether the Warriors will be allowed to train together in isolation, as opposed to current self-iso rules.
All teams have been told they will be expected to resume training on May 4 and will be provided with updated health and safety regulations by the end of the week.