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Sport Warriors to seek NRL help after extending stay

10:06  06 march  2021
10:06  06 march  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The Warriors have been forced to extend their stay in Australia until June 21, dashing hopes of a return to Mt Smart Stadium by round five of the NRL season. After playing all of last season out of Australia, the Warriors are now facing another four "On that basis, we've had discussions with the NRL and our players and staff about delaying our return to ensure we have some continuity for the first 15 rounds of the competition," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said on Saturday. "We thank our members, fans and sponsors for their support, understanding and patience through these

The Warriors have been forced to extend their stay in Australia until June 21, dashing hopes of a return to Mt Smart Stadium by round five of the NRL season. After playing all of last season out of Australia, the Warriors are now facing another four months away from home as they target a return "On that basis, we've had discussions with the NRL and our players and staff about delaying our return to ensure we have some continuity for the first 15 rounds of the competition," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said on Saturday. "We thank our members, fans and sponsors for their support

The NZ Warriors have been forced to extend their stay in Australia until June 21 after a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand.

Kodi Nikorima, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Neal Maupay are posing for a picture: The Warriors will remain in Australia until the end of June, with a hope to play a home match in Round 16 © Getty The Warriors will remain in Australia until the end of June, with a hope to play a home match in Round 16

The Warriors had initially committed to relocate in three-month blocks to ensure that the team would not travel back home in the middle of a school term.

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Many of the players and staff have brought their families with them to Australia this time around after struggling without their families last year. Last season, four players left Australia to be with their families after Round 10.

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The Warriors are seeking answers from the NRL after a number of refereeing decisions proved costly in Friday's controversial 18-15 defeat to Cronulla at Mt Smart Stadium. The incident came after several baffling calls went against the home side as the Warriors found themselves on the wrong end of a lopsided 10-5 penalty count that helped the visitors come back from 0-12 down to claim victory. Earlier this week, Warriors CEO Cameron George contacted NRL head of football Brian Canavan and coach Stephen Kearney also spoke with refereeing authorities in a two-pronged approach to express

The New Zealand Warriors ' participation in the NRL season has been in doubt after foreign travellers were banned from entering Australia. (AAP: David Rowland). The Warriors will stay in isolation in Tamworth for 14 days but will be allowed to train together during that time. Mr Dutton said the ABF Commissioner had carefully considered the request to allow the team to come to Australia, including advice from Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy that the players and staff travelling from New Zealand "do not pose a risk of serious harm to public health in Australia".

Warriors CEO Cameron George confirmed the club would extend its stay in Australia in a statement on Saturday, meaning that the team's first home match will be a Round 16 clash against the Dragons.

"It was our hope initially that we would be able to return home for our April 9 match against Manly Warringah but the resurgence in Covid-19 transmissions in New Zealand leaves us with no option but to extend our stay," he said.

"Indications are the introduction of any Trans-Tasman bubble will happen later than originally hoped. On that basis, we've had discussions with the NRL and our players and staff about delaying our return to ensure we have some continuity for the first 15 rounds of the competition."

George indicated that the Warriors would approach the NRL and ask for financial compensation, admitting that the club was "between a rock and a hard place".

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Four Warriors players wanting to return to Auckland have booked flights home after the round 11 NRL match against the Sydney Roosters. It will come nearly three months after the squad began their historic relocation to Australia to play out the season. In that time, the NRL has been unable to convince government agencies to grant an exemption for the players' Kiwi families to join them. The club had originally designated this Sunday's match against Cronulla as the last before the players were free to return home.

The NRL season still has 16 teams, as the New Zealand Warriors make the call to remain based in Australia for the foreseeable future. When the decision was made to go ahead with round two of the NRL , the league announced that the New Zealand Warriors would be based in Australia. Their first "home" game will be held on the Gold Coast on Saturday night against the Canberra Raiders. Two Warriors players — Peta Hiku and Patrick Herbert — have previously gone home to New Zealand for family reasons.

"We will be going to knock on the NRL's door at some stage because it has really impacted on our financial position in the short, mid and long term," he said.

"Our memberships are very low. The New Zealand-based members aren't buying their memberships like normal because we are not home and I get that, but then the NSW people aren't buying memberships to support us because we might not be here for long either."

The Warriors will open their 2021 season next Saturday with a Round 1 clash against the Gold Coast Titans scheduled for a 3pm AEDT kick off.

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