The NRL will shut down its head office in Moore Park tomorrow – but bizarrely, the games will go on – at this point.
Staff were called together by NRL boss Todd Greenberg this afternoon only an hour after Queensland closed its borders – and many feared this latest blow would see the end to games being played.
But the staff were instead told they were now on annual leave – and that, at this stage, the games will continue.
The move to close NRL HQ is seen as the latest cost-cutting measure in a game that is struggling to survive.
Around the 16 NRL clubs, hundreds of staff have either been laid off or told to take leave in the past few days.
The NRL must now come to some sort of agreement with the Queensland Government to allow players to cross borders and enable games to continue. It has also been reported that the NRL was looking at relocating all 16 teams to a camp near Gladstone in central Queensland.
It is understood the NRL will propose to government officials that as players are quarantined and flying in chartered jets, the travel will pose no threat.