They are planning for a Round 16 home game and to sell 2021 memberships...
They are planning for a Round 16 home game and to sell 2021 memberships...
No idea sorry.Heeeeell yes. Best birthday present I could ask for.
Do you know if that's based on any inside information from the clubs perspective, or more that they're assuming a bubble of sorts will be open by then?
There is nothing stopping travel.The Breakers are returning to NZ for a few games at the tail-end of their season (late May) so I don't think there's any government regulation stopping them.
I also read that some Warriors staff are returning temporarily during our bye week, and whilst that obviously isn't the same as players coming back it does suggest some confidence within the organisation that the bubble is robust enough that we won't end up missing half our back-office team.
I'm not quite willing to stake the house on it but I'd be surprised at this stage if we weren't playing the July 2 game at Mt Smart.
Not years no.There has to be an exemption otherwise we could not come back for years right? Victoria gave an AFL team exemption from the recebt Perth lockdown. They just had to go into a bubble but could still train and play
Just imagining your last sentence has put a smile on my face. I will attend the first home game rain or shine.Agree with Sup42 on most issues.
It would take a 100% Government guarantee that both teams can return regardless of the border situation. Not impossible if they are happy to roll out the red carpet for the Wiggles but setting precedents is never easy.
Personally if I was running the NRL I wouldn't risk it. As great as it would be to have a home game you are risking the whole competition having two teams potentially locked down here if worse case scenario eventuates. You also have to factor in the Australian Government and State Government side of things.
The risk to broadcasting revenues too huge a risk IMO.
If it does happen its going to be such a crazy event and one that will rival the intensity of the first game in 1995. Complete sell out that should give the England v MMT Semi Final attendance a run for its money. The club will be desperate for the cash injection.
Also be the first time our Aussie recruits will set foot on Mt Smart as locals and Walsh's first time in NZ...
Problem is Neve likes the Wiggles.... not the Warriors.It would take a 100% Government guarantee that both teams can return regardless of the border situation. Not impossible if they are happy to roll out the red carpet for the Wiggles but setting precedents is never easy.
at the moment the NRL arent in a bubble. If you want the warriors back in NZ with gaurantees, then the whole NRL would have to go back into a bubble. I cant see that ever happening.Within Aus state border lockdowns the Nrl has had exemptions so Aus govt would be willing. We lockdown with a couple of cases so surely 1 or 2 teams travelling would be so low risk, you can also just put them in a bubble
Is there a difference in the way the NRL are approaching this that isn't an issue for the Breakers or Phoenix coming home, or for the upcoming Super Rugby Trans-Tasman?at the moment the NRL arent in a bubble. If you want the warriors back in NZ with gaurantees, then the whole NRL would have to go back into a bubble. I cant see that ever happening.
So far the NRL have avoided local lockdowns by having the teams run for the border at the first mention of a closure. Teams have been lucky so far. It could easily change
no idea, the local lock downs are fast, so theres that to be said, and so far none have been caught out. This weekend they had an issue in Western australia, so kicked all AFL fans out of the stadium but let the game go ahead and given they havent closed boarders yet, i imagine both teams will have scarpered with games now being played out of state until it settles again.Is there a difference in the way the NRL are approaching this that isn't an issue for the Breakers or Phoenix coming home, or for the upcoming Super Rugby Trans-Tasman?
Or are the NRL more cautious than the other sports?
Makes sense given the ramifications of getting stuck over here for the Warriors or a visiting team.Anyway at this time of the year Central Coast would be a great joint to be stuck in
Exclusive: Why Warriors are abandoning plans to return home in JuneThe Warriors have shelved plans to return home in June – and could be based across the Tasman for the remainder of the 2021 NRL season.
The Herald understands the club is working through the final details of plans to extend their stay in Australia, for at least two months beyond the current deadline.
They are still hopeful of one or two games at Mt Smart before the end of the season, but they would be 'fly-in, fly-out' matches, with both teams on New Zealand soil for only a few days.
The Warriors, who face Parramatta on Sunday in Brisbane as part of the NRL's Magic Round, had earlier planned to vacate their Central Coast base after the round 15 match against Newcastle on June 19.
Players and staff would fly home in the days following the match, then start the process of re-establishing, or in some cases beginning, their lives in New Zealand.
The round 16 clash with the Dragons on July 2 was previously earmarked as the first Mt Smart match.
That idea is now firmly off the table.
There has been a series of meetings between players, coaches, staff and senior management over the past two weeks to discuss and communicate the latest strategy.
While there had been some hope of a June return when the transtasman bubble was announced on 19 April, that has been steadily extinguished.
The random Covid-19 outbreaks in four Australian states since then have been an illustration of the ongoing uncertainty, and the hazards that would be involved in decamping from their Terrigal base.
It's a risk that the club is not prepared to take, given the drastic ramifications of being stuck on either side of the Tasman following a sudden border closure.
As a group, it's believed the players are in favour of the decision to stay on.
As much as there is a desire to be back in New Zealand, reunited with extended family and friends and playing at their home base, they are aware of the stability provided by remaining in Australia, for on and off field reasons.
While the current situation is far from ideal, it has helped that partners and children are settled in Australia, while the accommodation and training arrangements are superior to last season.
he idea of being separated again from immediate families – if something went wrong after a relocation – is difficult to contemplate for the playing group.
Coach Nathan Brown has also been heavily involved in the process, and is unlikely to want to risk uprooting the team, especially while they remain strong contenders for the top eight, given the fine margins in high performance sport.
It's likely the NRL would also prefer the Warriors to stay, given the risk-reward equation.
The Warriors haven't completely given up on relocating before the end of the season, but the chances are getting smaller with every passing week, given the lead times involved with the NRL, broadcasters, stadiums, their accommodation, players, staff and their families.
There is still hope of one or two homecoming games in Auckland. They would be treated as away matches, but give the chance for local fans to see the team, corporates to get some mileage from a game day experience and the club to generate some much needed gate revenue.
Given the time frames, games in August are most likely. The clash with the Sharks on August 7 could draw a massive crowd, given the presence of former favourite Shaun Johnson, who hasn't faced the Warriors at Mt Smart since he left the club after the 2018 season.
The other scheduled 'home' games that month are against the Bulldogs (August 15) and Raiders (August 27).
The last time the Warriors were sighted at Mt Smart was August 30 2019, hosting the Rabbitohs.
They opened the 2020 season away at Newcastle, then were stuck across the Tasman after New Zealand's border suddenly closed, which meant their scheduled round two home game against the Raiders was moved to Australia.
They have been based across the Tasman ever since, forced to give up all 12 home matches last season and are set to forfeit at least 10 in 2021.
Even though the NRL has provided generous financial assistance, the situation has cost the club millions in lost revenue.