'Be prepared': NRL teams forced to relocate due to virus drama

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
The Brisbane Broncos (pictured right) celebrating a try and the Gold Coast Titans (pictured left) celebrating.
The Brisbane Broncos (pictured right) and the Gold Coast Titans (pictured left) could be set for an extended spell in NSW after a fixture change due to Covid-19. (Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos have been forced to relocate out of the state following the NRL announcing a fixture change due to the Covid-19 drama in Queensland.

After Covid-19 cases continue to grow in Queensland, the Titans will fly to Sydney on Wednesday and will join the Broncos in leaving the state after the Queensland Government announced a three-day lockdown.

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The Titans are expected to remain in Sydney for the next couple of weeks to help the NRL schedule remain on track.

Saturday's game against Canberra has been relocated from CBUS Super Stadium to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, from 7.45pm on Saturday.

That match will form a double-header with Cronulla's match against North Queensland also moved from the Sunshine Coast to the same venue for a 5.15pm kickoff.

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Brisbane were granted a last-minute exemption to travel to Melbourne for their clash against the Storm.

Despite the concern coming from Queensland, AAMI Park will continue to operate at 75 per cent capacity for the match.

"Our priority is ensuring all matches proceed this weekend," NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

"While the infection rates in southeast Queensland are positive today, the risk of further outbreaks emerging between now and Saturday exists.

"By confirming the relocation of games today all clubs, players and fans have certainty to plan for the weekend's fixtures.

"And as a game we eliminate the risk around whether those matches will take place."

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