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READ NRL’s grand final plans in case of Brisbane Covid lockdown

The NRL grand final appears set to stay at Suncorp Stadium, for now, even as concerns grow over a Covid-19 outbreak in Brisbane.

The NRL is monitoring the situation but remains confident the match will still go ahead in the Queensland capital. .

ARLC boss Peter V’landys has indicated Townsville will host the decider between Penrith and Souths if Brisbane is sent into lockdown.

“The grand final won’t stay at Suncorp if there is a lockdown, but at this stage there isn’t one, so we have to hope and pray there isn’t a lockdown,” he told News Corp.

“As they say – next 48 hours is important.”

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Brisbane is on high alert after four local cases were detected, with most concern around a truck driver who was infectious in the community for around a week.

Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said at this stage she’s not considering a lockdown.

“We’ll be updating the community every single day,” she said.

“It’s very early stages at the moment, and it’s going to be really critical, if anyone has any symptoms, to go and get tested.”

It was originally rescheduled to tomorrow, but the Tasmanian team has now decided to fly home, meaning the match will have to be played later in the season.

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