General Warriors preparing plan B for 2021

Miket12

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Apr 20, 2012
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Can‘t see them back in Auckland for any home games this season.

Rugby league: Warriors to extend stay in Australia until June 21​


With no transtasman bubble in sight, the Warriors are heading into familiar territory for the 2021 NRL season.

The Auckland club have committed to extending their stay in Australia this year, with their goal of returning home in early April now an aim to return home in late June.

The extended stay means the club will not play a game at Mt Smart Stadium until at least round 16, when they are scheduled to go up against the St George Illawarra Dragons on July 2.

"It was our hope initially that we would be able to return home for our April 9 match against Manly Warringah but the resurgence in Covid-19 transmissions in New Zealand leaves us with no option but to extend our stay," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said.

"Indications are the introduction of any transtasman bubble will happen later than originally hoped. On that basis, we've had discussions with the NRL and our players and staff about delaying our return to ensure we have some continuity for the first 15 rounds of the competition.

"We thank our members, fans and sponsors for their support, understanding and patience through these challenging times while we've been preparing for the 2021 season at our home away from home on the Central Coast.

"Clearly this hasn't been the outcome we wanted, particularly after being away from home for the entire 2020 season, but I hope our determination to front up for our fans, our partners, and our country gives everyone cause to be proud of the club and excited to be part of another premiership challenge.

"When it's safe to do so, we look forward to sharing the biggest homecoming party with everyone at Mt Smart Stadium but for now the players and staff are focused on the opening round of the season against Gold Coast on Saturday week."

The decision means the Warriors will play at least seven of their 12 home games for the season across the ditch. Six of those games will be played at Central Coast Stadium, while their match against the Parramatta Eels on May 16 will be a part of the NRL's Magic Round, played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The club hope to be able to return to Auckland during the break for the standalone State of Origin match on June 27, allowing time for the Warriors to sort themselves out and settle back in on home soil before getting back into action.

 

Sky Waka

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Don't see why players and coaches can't be tested throughout the week, fly to NZ, be kept in isolation before playing the Warriors then buggering off back home.

Maybe State and National governments could be persuaded if everyone agrees to strict rules.
 

gREVUS

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Don't see why players and coaches can't be tested throughout the week, fly to NZ, be kept in isolation before playing the Warriors then buggering off back home.

Maybe State and National governments could be persuaded if everyone agrees to strict rules.
because when they return to aus they would then have to go into iso for 2 weeks before they would be allowed to rejoin the comp. There is absolutely no way you could do what you have suggested without coming into contact with someone inside of NZ, and then there are the players who would be at home with their families in NZ. The risk guarantees that you would have to isolate on return to Aus. Or even in reverse
 

Sup42

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May 7, 2012
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Don't see why players and coaches can't be tested throughout the week, fly to NZ, be kept in isolation before playing the Warriors then buggering off back home.

Maybe State and National governments could be persuaded if everyone agrees to strict rules.
My first reaction to this was to dismiss it out of hand.
But here goes....

To make that plan work, they would need to agree to fly in and fly out.

Strict means in, supervised, out again, no interaction with anyone outside the club.

It could be done in theory. Ships crews from all over the world are sitting in our ports.

The Warriors would have to accept they are like those crews, and completely separated from society.

That would be pushing it, but that could work.

They would have to charter flights, I believe that costs a lot of money, serious money. Nathan Brown will have to drive the bus left outside the terminal for them.

Unfortunately after rolling this idea around I woke up and read that a Woman in South Auckland who does not even work at the airport, caught Covid from servicing Airline supplies.

The crew and the plane would have to be chartered exclusively for the season at the cost of tens of millions of dollars.

The Warriors are staying in Aus 2021.
 
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john nick

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My first reaction to this was to dismiss it out of hand.
But here goes....

To make that plan work, they would need to agree to fly in and fly out.

Strict means in, supervised, out again, no interaction with anyone outside the club.

It could be done in theory. Ships crews from all over the world are sitting in our ports.

The Warriors would have to accept they are like those crews, and completely separated from society.

That would be pushing it, but that could work.

They would have to charter flights, I believe that costs a lot of money, serious money. Nathan Brown will have to drive the bus left outside the terminal for them.

Unfortunately after rolling this idea around I woke up and read that a Woman in South Auckland who does not even work at the airport, caught Covid from servicing Airline supplies.

The crew and the plane would have to be chartered exclusively for the season at the cost of tens of millions of dollars.

The Warriors are staying in Aus 2021.
Imagine getting NRL guys complying with rules 😳
 

snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
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TBF Our guys would probably be able to do the right thing but others would be a worry
Our guys have been well behaved over in Australia obeying any rules they needed to obey to keep the competition going. Last year it was the idiots still living in their own homes that were the problem.

All the talk or praise for the Warriors keeping the competition going you can bet if the other 15 teams needed to obide by specific rules to allow the Warriors to play at home you can guarantee someone would screwup due to things being too hard. A lot of them had trouble missing their coffee at their local cafe.

Imagine getting NRL guys complying with rules 😳
On the field is hard enough. The players and coaches do what they can to bend the rules on the field.

The players misbehave off the field even without a global pandemic. Being in a luck situation they get to carry on playing and get paid we still get issues.


Bad for the Warriors but its easier for the comp without the travel until a larger portion of both countries are vaccinated.
 

gREVUS

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Our guys have been well behaved over in Australia obeying any rules they needed to obey to keep the competition going. Last year it was the idiots still living in their own homes that were the problem.

All the talk or praise for the Warriors keeping the competition going you can bet if the other 15 teams needed to obide by specific rules to allow the Warriors to play at home you can guarantee someone would screwup due to things being too hard. A lot of them had trouble missing their coffee at their local cafe.


On the field is hard enough. The players and coaches do what they can to bend the rules on the field.

The players misbehave off the field even without a global pandemic. Being in a luck situation they get to carry on playing and get paid we still get issues.


Bad for the Warriors but its easier for the comp without the travel until a larger portion of both countries are vaccinated.
just something that you all in NZ may have missed. This year (at least so far) the comp is not being played in a bubble. Home for everyone but the kiwis means home. and the players are out and about like normal. This takes a lot of that hidden pressure of people etc, but means any travel outside of the country would almost automatically put them all back into a bubble, for the extra safety that is needed to keep the comp going.
 
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