THE NRL has joined rugby league on this side of the world in suspending its season.
Matches were still played at the weekend behind closed doors, with five English players featuring.
But the governing body down under has decided to call a halt to the current campaign because of the coronavirus crisis.
Peter V’landys, chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, admitted: “Yesterday, all was good but today it took a dramatic turn.
“It’s catastrophic. I don’t think we’ve ever come across a financial crisis like this. I don’t think Australia has.
“We’re looking at all options. No option is off the table.”
The NRL’s head office in Sydney has been closed until at least May 1, with all staff being placed on annual leave.
But chief executive Todd Greenberg insisted: “It’s a deeply sad day but one of the most responsible in the game’s history.
“The health of our players and staff must come first.”
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