SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers looks dejected after a Roosters try during the round 24 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Penrith Panthers at Sydney Cricket Ground on August 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

With the NRL indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus, the Penrith Panthers, Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm have told their players to take leave, according to Fox Sports. 

The Panthers have told their playing group to take the next month off as the virus sends ripple effects throughout the league.

After the announcement that the NRL was suspended on Monday, Penrith asked their top 30 NRL squad to take a month of leave.

Players have been encouraged to continue training in self-isolation during the period.

This news comes after the Panthers were forced to close their multi-million-dollar Leagues club empire, raising questions on whether the club can afford player salaries, even with a proposed 50-per-cent cut.

Sharks players have been given six weeks off from training where they will then reassess the situation.

Storm players have been sent on leave, with many returning to their families in Queensland.


  1. can you imagine Latrell Mitchell after 1 season with no training?
    Have you seen his brother? his dad?
    not sure how this $1.5 million buy work out for the Souths Salary Cap bandits

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