Two NRL double-headers to start Qld hub

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The NRL will start its Queensland bubble with crowds at double-headers to be played at the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

League bosses have unveiled an updated draw for this weekend's games with match-ups and scheduling times to remain the same.

However Friday night's games between Gold Coast and Parramatta as well as Manly and St George Illawarra will now be played as double-header at Cbus Super Stadium.

Games will also be played there on Saturday and Sunday, meaning the ground will have five matches in the space of five days following Wednesday night's State of Origin on the Gold Coast.

Another double-header will also be played at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, with the Warriors and Penrith to run out before Brisbane hosts South Sydney.

It appeared the round 18 Queensland games would be played in empty stadiums but fans will be allowed to attend after 24 hours of negotiations between the NRL and the state government.

"We have moved as quickly as possible to provide certainty to our clubs, fans and partners," NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.

"Two double-headers across the weekend is an exciting outcome for our fans in Queensland, it gives them an opportunity to see four teams at one venue, in one day.

"We are continuing the biggest logistical operation our game has ever faced, moving teams and families into their southeast Queensland hubs over the coming days."

The NRL have also foreshadowed further double-headers and even triple-headers, with the Queensland stay at this stage set for a month but expected to last much longer.

Players and staff from all NSW and ACT-based teams will take charter flights to Queensland on Wednesday.

Families will arrive on the Gold Coast next week with the NRL to provide teachers and entertainment for children.

Each member of the game's bubble has been warned about their behaviour and need to follow quarantine rules and they will be kicked out of the state if they don't comply.

Most players have so far committed to the trip after being told late Monday night to have their bags packed to be sent north on Tuesday.

The biggest question surrounds Cronulla prop Aaron Woods, whose wife Sarah is due to give birth this week.

He was on Tuesday named by the Sharks to take on Canberra on Saturday.

Melbourne have also been given clearance to host Newcastle at AAMI Park on Saturday, with the Victorian government giving the Knights an exemption to fly in and out.

ROUND 18 NRL SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY:

Gold Coast v Parramatta - Cbus Super Stadium

Manly v St George Illawarra - Cbus Super Stadium

SATURDAY:

Canberra v Cronulla - Cbus Super Stadium

North Queensland v Sydney Roosters - Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Melbourne v Newcastle - AAMI Park

SUNDAY:

Warriors v Panthers - Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane v Wests Tigers - Suncorp Stadium

South Sydney v Canterbury - Cbus Super Stadium

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