The NRL has followed the Super League and RFL in suspending their league season due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.
It’s understood that NRL officials had been determined to keep the competition going, given the financial fallout of postponing games.
But the rapidly shifting nature of the pandemic down under has forced the NRL’s hand.
It is understood medical authorities updated their advice, which meant the Commission had to put its competition on hold.
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said: “Our pandemic and biosecurity experts said due to the outbreak it is no longer safe for our players to play.
“We are going to look at all the options.
“We thank the players for all their players and fans for the support. This decision hasn’t been taken lightly. Our experts are very concerned with the rapid rate.
“We were alarmed at how everything changed over the past 24 hours.
“We’ve left it open and will make further announcements in the future. All options are still on the table but what’s paramount is the health of our players.
“It’s catastrophic, I don’t think we’ve ever come across a financial crisis like it.”
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said: “Today is a difficult day for the rugby league community and at head office.
“We’ve briefed our clubs and all players have been told. We’ve asked players to not turn up to training tomorrow.
“While I say it’s a tough day for the game, I know it’s a tough time for everyone across our community.
“All we can do as a sport is remain united and follow the expert advice to keep everyone safe.
“We look at returning as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Greenberg added: “We’re talking about rugby league but we’re talking about a much broader issue in our community,” Greenberg said.
“We can still pay the players, but the cost base will need to be reset. From players to clubs, central administration.
“Rugby league has been around in 1908 and we’ve had struggles and bounced back. It won’t be easy but we’ll come out the other end.”