NRL club livid over ‘huge bombshell’

New Zealand Warriors boss Cameron George is incensed at the lack of communication from the NRL as the clock ticks towards their departure to Australia.

The Kiwi club is under the impression it will need to depart this Sunday if it’s to participate in any competition that restarts on May 28 to cater for two weeks in quarantine followed by a training period to get ready for the season.

However, George has heard nothing further from NRL bosses since the proposed resumption date was unveiled last Thursday, an announcement he now describes as a “huge bombshell” for the club.

While he believes his staff and players will be willing to base themselves in Australia for nearly half the year to make the competition work, it was only on the basis they had clarification on a range of questions.

“No one has contacted me. I like to have a plan and bring people along with information, but a week out from when the deadlines would have us leave, I’ve got nothing,” George told the New Zealand Herald.

“There are players, families, staff, sponsors and members all asking questions and I am sitting here like a cardboard cut out.”

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys has a lot on his plate.Source:AAP

Warriors’ chairman Rob Croot has emailed Australian Rugby League Commission head Peter V’landys asking for the questions to be urgently addressed. Among key queries are where they will be based, whether families can be involved, dispensation for additional players, medical support and confirming a non-training agreement among clubs until the Warriors’ quarantine period ends.

“I would have thought all of those were reasonable in the circumstances, and urgent in the circumstances,” George said.

“The situation for us is completely different to any other team in Australia. If the NRL are wanting us in this new competition, we need an open phone line of communication, not just an acknowledgment to our email.

“They can’t just ring up on Friday and say you’ve got to leave on Sunday. You’re kidding.”

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