Coronavirus: V'landys 'very confident' NRL will restart on May 28


Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys is "very confident" the NRL will resume on May 28 following the coronavirus pandemic.

The NRL is planning to restart the 2020 season later this month after the league was suspended through just two rounds on March 23.

There have been questions over the NRL's plans due to travel restrictions across Australia and New Zealand, prompting talk of a centralised competition in Sydney – impacting the likes of New Zealand Warriors, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Gold Coast Titans and Melbourne Storm.

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But V'landys told Channel Nine's Sports Sunday: "We set a target date very early and we knew there was a lot of hurdles to overcome and basically we are just getting there.

"The hardest one was the government and the fact that we have got both the Federal and State government approvals for the Warriors and Queensland to allow our players to train they are big steps.

"Now I'm very confident that we will be able to start on the 28th of May."

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world, bringing sport to a standstill.

More than 244,600 people have died, with at least 3.4 million confirmed cases globally.

In Australia, there have been only 93 deaths from over 6,700 cases as some states in the country look to ease restrictions.

"You have to put it in perspective if they do transgress it is a one in 1000 chance that they will get the virus," V'landys said.

"If they stay with our biosecurity measures it is one in 10,000 chance they will get the virus, so just because they transgress doesn't necessarily mean they will catch the virus.

"The virus infection rate at the moment is extremely low, so they have to be in a very bad place for them to catch it."

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