NRL plans to press on with season
The NRL insists it can forge on with the 2020 premiership with ARLC chairman Peter V'landys adamant it has plans to ensure all 25 rounds and finals are completed.
The competition was again thrown into doubt on Sunday when Prime Minister Scott Morrison recommended against "non-essential" travel due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.
The NRL is confident that won't have any implications on the league, given teams are being flown around the country on chartered planes.
But it is also wary of what lies ahead.
The NSW government also announced on Sunday that it would pursue a partial shutdown of non-essential services in the state over the next 48 hours.
There is also a national cabinet meeting scheduled for Sunday night, where it has been rumoured Victoria could also push for similar measures.
But regardless, V'landys was confident the NRL would find a way to complete the season with the league willing to play until as late as December 20.
"We are prepared for the worst, and we have looked at every contingency. We're ready for whatever they throw at us," V'landys told Triple M.
"We've got a four-week window that we can work with during State Of Origin.
"There is a bye round and a (split) round, and we can always extend the season.
"It just really depends when we have to pull the lever to suspend the season.
"The longer we can go the better it is."
The NRL is desperate to keep the competition alive and is staring down the barrel of a loss of up to $500 million if this year's campaign is cancelled.
It has also had assurances it could keep some teams playing if a player tests positive to the virus, and have other sides make up matches later.
Another option could include a string of Magic Round style weekends, where players are locked into one region together to avoid travel.
That still remains on the table with approaches having been made to the ARL Commission from the north of Queensland.
"There is a whiteboard at NRL head office full of contingencies and how we deal with these contingencies," V'landys said.
"Even a complete lock down we have a strategy for that.
"We have been proactive the whole way through and will continue to do so."
V'landys also said conversations had begun around whether players would have to take pay cuts, as per the collective bargaining agreement if significant revenue is lost.
Meanwhile,both the NRL and players' union will meet again on Monday to work towards finalising self-isolation requirements for players in a bid to protect the sport from the virus if the competition continues.
Players have been urged to exercise common sense while they are away from training and games.
V'landys stated on Sunday players would attract heavy penalties if they broke the measures, however, AAP understands that will likely be met with resistance from the union.
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