2020 QRL competitions update relating to COVID-19

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2020 QRL competitions update relating to COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00am
QRL and Easts Tigers Media

Dear members and fans,

Last evening the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) suspended its statewide competitions and community leagues with immediate effect.

In addition, all junior regional events and state carnivals have been postponed indefinitely.

QRL managing director Robert Moore said the four QRL statewide competitions would be suspended until June 5, and all junior and senior community rugby league until at least the first weekend of May.

The QRL have advised they will work with the Tigers and the other Major Competition clubs to facilitate the return of these four competitions mid-year.

Such a scenario will provide the opportunity for all Intrust Super Cup clubs to play each other once before the scheduled 2020 finals series, in addition to the results from Round 1 fixtures which would stand.

Similar fixture models, in line with the proposed date for the return of premiership games, are currently being looked at for the BHP Premiership, Hastings Deering Colts and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup.

Moore said the board had considered all aspects of the current situation in consultation with its operations teams and clubs.

“This public health emergency we’re working through is unprecedented; and the health and safety of our participants is a priority, along with the welfare of Queensland communities,” Moore said.

“The decision to put our statewide competitions, community leagues and representative programs on hold takes into account all the relevant information provided by the National Rugby League, public health authorities and the government.

“Ultimately, it is our responsibility to implement procedures that don’t place players, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders at unnecessary risk.”

Tigers President Keith Phillips said the Club understands the frustration being felt by our members, fans, players and staff, however the safety of our people remains our greatest priority.

As such, the Club has ceased all training activities.

The recommencement of training during this period is an ongoing matter and the QRL is seeking further advice from its chief medical officer, Dr Roy Saunders, as well as Queensland health authorities.

Our offices at Totally Workwear Stadium will close from Monday March 23 to Friday April 3.

Further updates will be posted to our website at thetigers.com.au and via our social media platforms.

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