Clubs to keep points from opening rounds when NRL restarts

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.

The Roosters will go into a restructured competition winless.Credit:Getty

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.

“We don’t have to reinvent the world because if the infection rate keeps coming down … there’s more chance of a player getting in an accident on the way to the ground than getting coronavirus.

“You have to do a proper risk analysis and put things into perspective, but at the same time make sure there are proper biosecurity measures in place to reduce that risk.”

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