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Sport NRL won't be forced to suspend over positive test

15:17  18 march  2020
15:17  18 march  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The NRL won ' t automatically shut down its competition even if a player or team official tests positive to The NBA immediately suspended all matches after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert and All-Star Said NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg: "No player will be forced to do anything they don’t want

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Todd Greenberg wearing a suit and tie: Peter V'landys and Todd Greenberg. Photo: Edwina Pickles © fairfax Peter V'landys and Todd Greenberg. Photo: Edwina Pickles ARLC chairman Peter V'Landys says the NRL won't necessarily be forced to suspend should a player contract the coronavirus.

Many believe a positive test for one the league's players would surely force the league to suspend as the NRL pushes on amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But speaking to Nine's chief Rugby League reporter Danny Weidler, V'Landys outlined a range of strategies the league was exploring to keep the game rolling on despite a positive test.

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"Not necessarily," V'Landys responded when asked if the league would call it quits over a player testing positive.

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"We'll await expert advice from the health authorities as to when we have to isolate the player and anyone who has come around him.

"The worse case scenario it will be 14-days if a player contracts the virus. He has to isolate to 14-days, and anyone he comes in contact with will have to isolate for 14-days days as well.

As the Australian sports community awaits an announcement from the AFL tonight on whether the season will get underway on Thursday, V'Landys said the NRL had no hesitations on pushing on with Round 2.

"Not at all, we believe we're doing the right thing," he said.

Todd Greenberg wearing a suit and tie: ARLC chairman Peter V'landys and NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg on Sunday. © Getty ARLC chairman Peter V'landys and NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg on Sunday.

"The safety and health of or players is paramount and while there is no risk to the players we'll continue to play the games.

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"The players have been fantastic they understand that we're in extraordinary times. And extraordinary times means extraordinary sacrifice.

"That's what they're going to do. If it means that we continue to play the game, and they're at no risk of contracting the virus, they're cooperating 100%."

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