NRL 2020: Peter V'landys optimistic New Zealand, Australia travel bubble will help Warriors

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys is confident the NZ Warriors will soon benefit from a proposed travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia. 

The NRL is set to resume on May 28, after the V'landys struck a deal with broadcast partners Fox Sports and Nine earlier this week. 

But doubt still remains over the Warriors' involvement, with negotiations around exemptions for the Auckland-based NRL side in Australia before the proposed May 4 return-to-training date remain ongoing at government level.

According to Channel Nine, Warriors playmaker Blake Green has requested his team must be allowed to bring their families with them should they be stuck in Australia for an extended period of time. As it stands, the Warriors will be away from their families for a lengthy period. 

In recent days, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been talking with Australian leader Scott Morrison about relaxing travelling restrictions between the two nations. 

V'landys is closely monitoring the situation and jopes a deal will be struck sooner rather than later.

"We're keeping a very close eye on the report that the New Zealand government and the Australian government are in discussions to be allowed to travel between each other," V'landys told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys.
Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys. Photo credit: Getty

"Realistically, the two countries have got a very low infection rate. If there was ever going to be [movement between] two countries, they are the two you start with because of the low infection rates.

"That's why we allowed ourselves so much time when we announced [a resumption date]. 

"We realised that in five weeks, the situation is going to be substantially different. The governments are likely to change the social distancing measures and allow businesses to start gradually opening up and everything like that.

"On the last round of play, the infection rate was 25 percent. The biggest thing that people aren't noticing is the recovery rate - the recovery rate in Australia is 75 percent. 

"That's moving at a rate that is twice as fast as the infection rate, which is a big difference.

"That's where Australia is different to other countries around the world - our health system has been able to cope with the virus."

The Warriors are hopeful of arriving in Australia on May 3 ahead of the season relanch.