Chairman Peter V’Landys has announced the 2020 NRL season will be suspended after two rounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Due to the rapid rate of infection, we can no longer guarantee the safety of our players to continue to play,” Mr V’Landys said.
He said the NRL was unable to put a time frame on the suspension but it would continue to look for ways the season could recommence.
Chief executive Todd Greenberg said the NRL would not have made the decision “unless the conditions had shifted so dramatically and exponentially”.
“Today is a difficult day for the rugby league community, both here at head office and across all our clubs and players,” he said.
“Our priority is to do everything we can to give our game the best chance for a long and sustainable future.
“We have briefed all of our clubs this evening and all of our players have now been told.
“For now we’ve asked our players not to turn up to training tomorrow while we resolve the situation as best as we can.”
The NRL’s decision came a day after the AFL suspended its season indefinitely.
It also follows similar moves by a host of other sporting bodies, from the professional level down to the grassroots.
More to come.