Jenna Brooks looks at the latest news as the NRL is back!
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Last Updated: 28/05/20 6:02am
The countdown is just about over for the return of the NRL and you can see every game from round three and four live on Sky Sports.
And the news continues to get better from Australia. Peter V’landys – the Australian Rugby League Commission chairman, has declared he wants crowds back at games by July 1st, which is the start of round 8.
“We’re on the moon,” V’landys told the Herald. “We’re looking for Mars now.
“If the infection rate stays as low as it does and nothing new is coming in from overseas, the risk is going to be pretty low. So why wouldn’t we have crowds? We’ll do that in the same fashion we did with the return of the game.
“The next test for us is once they relax the measures, we want to see in the next three weeks if the infection rate is altered in any fashion. If it hasn’t, we’ll be pushing very hard for crowds …. capped crowds. We’re looking at July 1.”
The change to give another six tackles for ptb offences looks good. It takes away the easy metres that the penalty gave to teams who had become adept at milking easy penalties. What it does mean, however, is that the recipient team has to be fitter than ever to get the most out of it.