The NRL have a logistical nightmare on their hands as next year’s competition is set to clash with the FIFA Women’s World Cup which begins in July.
Several NRL stadiums and training facilities will be unavailable for more than two months due to the football tournament, with the Storm, Broncos, Tigers, Roosters and Dragons all affected.
“Loz (Laurie Daley) I was talking to Graham Annesley and Andrew Abdo from the NRL for the past few days,” Phil Rothfield said. Sports breakfast radio.
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“So they have to put a draw for 17 teams next year with three byes and five save days on the right.
“Now there are eight grounds unavailable Kogarah (Oval), Leichhardt (Oval), Campbelltown (Stadium) and Gosford (Stadium), where a lot of clubs play.
“They’re out for nine weeks, so it’s a 17-25 round.
“AAMI Park is out 57 days, Accor Stadium 52 days, Allianz 48 and even Suncorp is out 48 days, so the Broncos are going to have to take three games against the Gabba.
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“Melbourne Storm they can’t even train at AAMI park it has to be a clean stadium they can’t use the gym there even though they are watching marvel stadium under the roof they might even go to their Geelong Cats home in Geelong and play a game.
Rothfield revealed the Storm had even considered a temporary move to Queensland.
“They considered moving to the Sunshine Coast for six or seven weeks like they did during Covid before, but I think they made the right decision to stay in Victoria,” Rothfield said.
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“It’s more for their fans who went two years without members because of Covid.
“The Roosters, they have to leave the new stadium, they will go next to the (Sydney) Cricket Ground.
“The Wests Tigers are having a really, really tough year next season, the last nine weeks of the competition they can’t play at Leichhardt or Campbelltown, their two grounds.
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