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NRL biosecurity measures near approval

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The NRL will meet with clubs and the RLPA again on Tuesday afternoon to work through the finalisation of strict biosecurity guidelines to allow players to resume training next week.

Club bosses were given the draft 48-page document on Sunday evening and were asked to give their feedback in a meeting on Monday, where a number of questions were raised.

One of which is whether players and staff who have pregnant partners are able to attend hospital visits, as well as whether school drop offs will be allowed.

It falls under the directive that players and approved staff will not be allowed to leave the house except for training, games, medical care or essential shopping.

The strict isolation measures will apply to a list of 50 players and staff who are approved to attend training and games.

With training due to start on Monday, clubs and the RLPA are hoping to approve the biosecurity measures in the next few days.

Focus will then move to appropriately educating players on their responsibilities to avoid harsh penalties for breaches as promised by the NRL.

Parramatta CEO Jim Sarantinos told AAP the guidelines will be tough to enforce, but it is worth the effort to ensure rugby league returns on May 28.

"I think it's more stringent than what the general public is being asked to adhere to at the moment but I think that's exactly what the NRL is looking to achieve to make sure that our players and the staff around them are in as safe an environment as possible," he said.

"There's a lot for everyone to digest and take in, and it's going to be a challenge, but if that's what we need to do to be able to get the game back on the field and keep it going, then that's what we'll do."

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