MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A match in Australia’s National Rugby League between the Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors due to be played on Friday has been moved from Melbourne to Sydney because of a spike in coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria.
A total of 16 COVID-19 cases were recorded in the state on Monday — the sixth straight day of double digit increases that extends the largest wave of infections in two months.
Storm officials held emergency discussions with the NRL on Monday before agreeing to move the match in the interests of the health of players, staff and the wider community.
Melbourne prop Christian Welch said he and his teammates anticipated and prepared for the move out of Victoria.
“We’ve braced for the potential that we might need to relocate and potentially play some of our home games in Queensland or NSW,” Welch said.