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The ARL Commission has decided to relocate the NSW and ACT-based teams to South-East Queensland for one month to minimise risk of the season being impacted by Sydney's COVID-19 outbreak.

The eight Sydney-based teams have joined the Dragons, Knights, Raiders, Storm and Central Coast-based Warriors in shifting to dedicated hubs.

While the other teams will be in Queensland for at least a month, Melbourne have been relocated for an indefinite period while their city is in lockdown.

All Queensland-based clubs will continue to be based and play home games out of their current home cities.

Clubs will return to Sydney as soon as the Commission believes risk to the competition in NSW has subsided. It is possible the relocations could be longer than one month.

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Important transport information 

  • Due to Major Track Works affecting the CBD, Buses will replace trains on all lines
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  • Make sure you allow extra time to get to the venue
  • Normal event shuttle buses as well as regular bus routes will be in place

What is the draw for Round 19?

Eels v Raiders, Thursday 7.50pm at Cbus Super Stadium

The Eels have won their past three games against the Raiders.

The Raiders have lost all four games against top-four opposition in 2021.

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Roosters v Knights, Friday 6pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

The Roosters have won nine of their past 10 games against the Knights.

Knights winger Dominic Young has scored four tries in his past four games.

Every try from Round 18

Cowboys v Storm, Friday 7.55pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt requires one try for his century of NRL tries.

The Storm are aiming for a club record-equalling 15 consecutive victories.

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Rabbitohs v Warriors, Saturday 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker has scored eight tries in his past six games against the Warriors.

The Warriors have lost nine from 10 against top eight opposition in 2021.

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Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers, Saturday 5.30pm at Suncorp Stadium

Match: Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers

Round 19 -

Live
23:20
Sea Eagles

Home Team

Sea Eagles

Scored 10 points
Wests Tigers

Away Team

Wests Tigers

Scored 6 points

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Match broadcasters:

  • Kayo
  • Foxtel

The Sea Eagles have scored an average of 44 points per game since Round 14.

Wests Tigers have won five of their past seven games against the Sea Eagles.

Behind the scenes with Jarome Luai

Panthers v Broncos, Saturday 7.35pm at Suncorp Stadium

The Panthers have won their past six games in Queensland.

The Broncos have conceded more points in their past five games than the Panthers have in all of 2021.

Beale adamant Dragons aren’t divided

Dragons v Titans, Sunday 1.50pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Dragons centre Jack Bird will make his 100th NRL appearance.

Titans second-rower David Fifita has scored 10 tries in his past six games at Cbus Super Stadium.

How long will it take Gus to rebuild the Bulldogs?

Bulldogs v Sharks, Sunday 4.05pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Match: Bulldogs v Sharks

Round 19 -

Bulldogs

Home Team

Bulldogs

16th Position

Scored 0 points
Sharks

Away Team

Sharks

9th Position

Scored 0 points

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Kayo
  • Foxtel
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The Bulldogs can achieve two wins in a season against the Sharks for the first time since 2004.

The Sharks have won six of their past eight games against the Bulldogs.

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Which clubs have moved?

The eight Sydney sides - Manly, Souths, the Roosters, Wests Tigers, Cronulla, Parramatta, Penrith and Canterbury - plus St George Illawarra from their Wollongong base, along with Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle and the Warriors, who have been on the Central Coast since last year.

They will be housed at three hubs in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Every club will be permitted a maximum of 41 players and staff while in Queensland.

Will the draw change?

The order of games over the four weeks from rounds 18-21 will not change, nor will the dates and times of when matches are played. 

What will change is the venues for some matches. Games that were to be hosted by Brisbane, North Queensland or Gold Coast will remain as is.

As changes are announced, the NRL draw page will show the updated information.

Where will the relocated matches be played?

The NSW-based teams will play their home games at Cbus Super Stadium Suncorp Stadium or Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Will fans be allowed into the venues?

At this stage, crowds are permitted at Queensland.

How many people will each of the relocated clubs send to Queensland?

Several clubs have already prepared players and staff to be ready for a move, with the NRL requiring Apollo bubble lists of 30 players and 11 staff members to be submitted to head office.

What about the families of players?

The NRL has agreed to pay for families of players to stay at the same hotels as players. They have been granted access and have begun arriving in South-East Queensland.

Is there an impact on the NRLW?

Pre-season training for each of the six NRLW teams in the expanded competition had also been due to start last week, but Project Apollo has now pushed that date back with contingencies for the competition to be worked out.

As more information comes to hand, be sure to visit NRL.com for all the information.