The entire 2020 NRL season could be played behind closed doors after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday that the ban on outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people could last at least six months.
Morrison addressed the media on Wednesday morning to announce a raft of new restrictions aimed at combatting the spread of coronavirus in Australia.
He said all non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more will be banned in Australia and the ban on outdoor gatherings of 500 or more people would last at least six months.
The NRL's opening round was played last weekend with fans in attendance but the ban on large gatherings will see round two played at closed stadiums with no fans.
"Whatever we do, we’ve got to do for at least six months,” Mr Morrison said.
"Whether it is the AFL, the NRL or any others, that's a decision for them to make in accordance to rules that have been established."
Broncos 'bunker' down
The Broncos have their own ‘bunker’ ready to be utilised should players be told to go into a lockdown situation as a group in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The NRL is investigating the feasibility of moving all 16 clubs to a single location to keep the competition going but Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold said the club had its own quarantined area to house players across the road from its Red Hill training base.
“What I do know is that we are in a great situation here. We have locked down the Cyril Connell Centre and we have 30-odd bunk beds in there that we have got ready if for whatever reason the competition has to go into isolation or be locked down,” he said.
“We have had that quarantined since before last weekend in preparation for something like this.”