Trust in players evaporates after April fools put NRL's resumption at risk | Nick Tedeschi

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Optics are as important now as reality and the flagrant disregard for both rugby league and the law of the land has marginalised public opinion

Peter V’landys and the NRL can be accused of many things in recent times but taking a soft approach is not one as the code has moved mountains and shifted oceans to return to action on 28 May.

A 20-round competition with a 25 October grand final was announced by the NRL on Tuesday but that return has been thrown into significant jeopardy after four players were found to have flagrantly breached not only NRL lockdown protocols but basic social distancing required by law.

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Source: www.theguardian.com