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Australia’s rugby league football to kick off as COVID-19 cases slow

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Australia's National Rugby League football competition, a bruising body contact sport, will on Thursday resume after a two-month hiatus as the number of coronavirus cases in the country slows and social restrictions are eased.

FILE PHOTO: A players sanitises his hands as the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League (NRL) train amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Australia, May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott – RC2FNG9HYZ9U/File Photo

28 May 2020 09:25AM

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SYDNEY: Australia's National Rugby League football competition, a bruising body contact sport, will on Thursday resume after a two-month hiatus as the number of coronavirus cases in the country slows and social restrictions are eased.

Australia's more than 7,100 COVID-19 infections and 102 deaths are low compared to many other developed countries, but the measures imposed to contain the disease have pushed the economy to the brink of its first recession in 30 years.

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Declaring Australia must now get out from under its doona – a local word for quilt – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged locals to begin transitioning back to normal life.

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The National Rugby League (NRL) competition will be one of the world's first contact sports to resume after COVID-19 shredded the global sporting calendar.

"I don't know what people have been watching all these months, its very exciting," Morrison told Nova FM radio.

"The world will be switching on, the NRL can take over."

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Fans will not be permitted at the games, though they will be able to buy cardboard cut-outs of themselves to be set up in the stadiums.

Players must abide by strict quarantine restrictions and will be tested regularly toRead More – Source