Coronavirus: NRL clubs to keep points from first two rounds when action returns

The Warriors opened their season with a loss against the Knights in Newcastle. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

The NRL has assured clubs the results of the first two rounds will stand if the 2020 competition resumes.

The ‘Project Apollo’ taskforce was set to debate the merits of all 16 teams starting on zero points when it meets to discuss a new competition structure on Thursday.

However, that move angered the unbeaten Eels, Panthers, Knights, Broncos, Raiders and Storm, whose opening wins would have been for nought.

“We’re better off announcing that straight away so they don’t waste time on it because we’re not considering it.

“It’s got to be authentic so that at the end of the season when someone wins the grand final, it will be like every other grand final, it needs to be recognised in exactly the same fashion.”

The NRL is hopeful of resuming the competition as early as May 28 and is conducting a feasibility study on a number of potential “bubble locations in NSW and Queensland.

Consideration is being given to a conference system or keeping all of the players in a single location.

“The infection rate when we were playing was around 28 per cent,” V’landys said.

“Today it’s at 1.8 per cent.


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