Let us be honest ladies and jellybeans. As soon as ONE NRL player tests positive this season is over. That is will not if. The NRL have themselves covered with an out clause in the players contracts to cover events like a pandemic. Keeping the Warriors is Oz is a good idea in the meantime. They always bring in the crowds and there is TV to think of, but this season is stuffed.
If the intelligent columnists are to be believed this corona virus and the economic meltdown are going to leave the planet in a very different place. Who know how it will turn out, but this is the start of problems for the NRL, we are nowhere near the finish
As much as the team was disappointing today it is a rough thing to come off the field to that you may not be going back home for the foreseeable future. The reports were sounding like management and the NRL were waiting to get more details, talk to the players. Then we hear they will be based in Australia. I know its their job but you would hope the players were posted, they have families to update. They should of been consulted. The RLPA should now be earning their money otherwise the players can rightly ask why they have been paying fees into that organisation to represent them.
Probably a more interesting question is what our roster will look like even if we do continue to play. Surely it has to be optional and an individual player decision. Wouldn't shock me if we ended up having fit players rotate in and out each week depending on various circumstances.
What a fucking rollercoaster of a year, first it all looked like America was going to start another war and then this virus came out of nowhere. Who knows where this ends up but it definitely isn't over and I wager there are a few more twists and turns to come before things start to return to normalcy.
But at least it means we have an excuse for being shit this year and if there are no games being played, we can all have a well-earned break from watching these muppets every week (I should have stopped ages ago but I can't bring myself to do it haha).