Warriors granted permission for Australian arrival

The New Zealand Warriors will arrive in Tamworth tomorrow afternoon after the National Rugby League (NRL) received final approvals for the club to fly into Australia to isolate, train and play.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V’landys thanked the federal and state governments for their assistance in the matter.

The Warriors will enter 14 days isolation in Tamworth, where they will be permitted to train, in the lead-up to the recommencement of the Telstra Premiership on May 28.

“This is an excellent outcome for rugby league and another step towards the competition resuming on May 28,” Mr V’landys said.

“I want to thank the Federal and State Governments, in particular Border Force and NSW State Emergency Operation Centre for their assistance in making the Warriors arrival a reality.

“The club will follow the strictest biosecurity protocols and, like all clubs, will participate in an education day about the protocols on Monday morning.”

Mr V’landys paid tribute to the Warriors players, staff and their families for the sacrifices they had made.

“As a game we cannot thank the Warriors enough for everything they are doing. Right from the start of this pandemic the club and its players have put the competition first and for that we will be forever thankful.”

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