NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has reaffirmed the Australian Rugby League’s (ARL) intention to carry on playing matches until ordered to do otherwise by the Australian government.

The top level of rugby league in Australia is one of the few professional sports still left playing after the AFL today announced they would be suspending their season until at least the end of May in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.

But the NRL, having just completed round two of the competition behind closed doors this weekend, intend to play on following government guidelines until circumstances change again.

“At this stage, our intent is to play on and we remain committed to the continuation of the 2020 season as far as government advice allows it,” Greenberg told NRL.com.

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“Our number one priority is to protect our players, staff and fans and we will continue to do this by adopting the strictest possible medical protocols.

“However, we understand the pace of the crisis is escalating rapidly and we need to remain flexible and conscious of community expectations.”

“It is continuing. We said from the outset that we would listen to the government authorities and the health authorities and our experts. Nothing has changed from our end. The government authorities haven’t told us to shut down or not play,” ARL Chairman Peter V’Landy added.