'Very confident': NRL's frantic family scramble after virus chaos

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ARL chief Peter V'landys (pictured left) during a press conference and (pictured right) Shaun Johnson with his daughter.
ARL chief Peter V'landys is attempting to relocate the families of players (pictured right Shaun Johnson and his daughter) to Queensland to join them in the biosecurity bubble. (Getty Images)

Peter V'landys has accepted the next 48 hours will be dedicated to getting the families of NRL players to Queensland to join them in the biosecurity bubble.

The Australian Rugby League Commission chairman said on Friday the NRL was working on getting individual information from players' families after group applications were denied when applying for Queensland entry.

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NRL players and staff were left reeling on Thursday night after being told their families wouldn't be joining them in Queensland immediately, as originally promised.

However, Queensland's chief medical officer Dr Jeanette Young on Friday said she had not denied access for families permanently but would need a solid plan to approve.

"I just need a plan, which hotel, how it will be managed, I need all the staff in that hotel vaccinated, I need all of that work done and they just haven't had a chance to do any of that," she said.

"Once you've done all of that, and I've had the opportunity to make sure that that plan meets all my very, very strict requirements, then we can work together to sort it out."

With Greater Sydney's Covid drama not appearing to be getting any better, the NRL could be relocated in Queensland for the remainder of the season.

V'landys told 2GB his next 48 hours would be dedicated to getting approval for families to join the players in the biosecurity bubble.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys (pictured) speaks to the media during an NRL press conference at NRL headquarters on March 23, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.
ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys (pictured) speaks to the media during an NRL press conference at NRL headquarters on March 23, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

"I'm very confident we'll have players' wives and the children there," he said.

"Queensland government is being very careful, it requires more detail individually for each person that's going and that's going to take time.

"We also have to prove that our quarantine facilities are foolproof and we'll do all that in the next two days and then I'm confident the wives will go up there.

"They changed it from initially it was applications as groups but now it's individuals."

NRL coaches won't block players from returning

However, Cronulla coach Josh Hannay won't stand in the way of players who want to return home if the stress of being away from family becomes too much in the NRL bubble.

There are concern within the game that families may not be able to join the bubble for quite some time, if at all, and Hannay said he wouldn't stop players returning home during these difficult times.

"Any player that is here and in our hub and just needs to get home, we'll by no means try and not help them or talk them out of that," he said on Friday.

"If any players feels the need to get home during this period, we'll make sure that they can get home and be where they need to be.

"There are challenges with players coming in and out of the bubble."

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