The NRL has moved Friday night's clash betwixt the Rabbitohs and Cowboys to Newcastle to forestall the visitors from being forced into quarantine.
While Greater Sydney is presently taxable to a lockdown successful an effort to squash an outbreak of COVID-19, Newcastle remains COVID-free, with Queensland Health determining that the Cowboys could alert successful and retired of the metropolis without being placed nether heavier restrictions connected their instrumentality home.
Friday night's power comes aft the Cowboys had a section COVID scare to woody with, sending manager Todd Payten and subordinate Griffin Neame into isolation.
While it was initially expected some would person to isolate for 14 days owed to their 'close contact' presumption to a affirmative case, that presumption was changed by Queensland Health yesterday aft further investigation.
The Cowboys volition alert successful and alert retired of Newcastle connected crippled day, with the kick-off clip remaining astatine 7.55pm (AEST).
The displacement distant from Stadium Australia volition besides let the Rabbitohs to summons the match, with a assemblage of up to 50 per cent of capableness astatine McDonald Jones Stadium allowed.
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