'This could be the making of us': Warriors finally land in Australia

3/05/2020 11:00:00 AM

After weeks of chaos and confusion, one of the last remaining pieces of the NRL's May 28 jigsaw was put in place just on dusk at Tamworth.

The Warriors finally touched down in Australia and the moment might be the making of the club according to one of the club's most senior figures | app85

After weeks of chaos and confusion, one of the last remaining pieces of the NRL's May 28 jigsaw was put in place just on dusk at Tamworth.

Play video The moment coach Stephen Kearney, captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the rest of the squad stepped onto Australian soil wearing masks with the sun just about to set meant the NRL had cleared arguably its biggest hurdle to the competition resuming on May 28.Read more On Saturday, the NRL welcomed the decision.WhatsApp The New Zealand Warriors are on their way to Australia to prepare for the resumption of the NRL season, but two players have not got on the plane — one on compassionate grounds, the other due to illness.Sports fans across the country have been praying for live action to return to their screens and the NRL has become the frontrunner with the league adamant the game will be safer for the players with the restrictions they’re putting in place.

Kearney's men will have the odds stacked against them, set to resume training this week after being subject to harsh lockdown laws in New Zealand for weeks and knowing they'll be in Australia for an indefinite period of time.Advertisement "There's no point going over unless you're going to give your best," Warriors owner Mark Robinson said."I want to thank the federal and state governments, in particular Border Force and NSW State Emergency Operation Centre for their assistance in making the Warriors' arrival a reality."It might be the making of the club, you just never know."Nate called the club first thing this morning saying he wasn't feeling well," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said in a statement.The players have been thinking about the club as well as themselves, and I think that's a great thing that has come out of it, to be honest." Loading Warriors chief executive Cameron George thanked authorities and said the team was happy to be able to focus on getting ready to play." Not surprisingly, there was one final blip before the Warriors flew to Tamworth.NZ Warriors player Adam Blair says goodbye to his family Source:Instagram Unfortunately not all players from the Warriors squad were on board the planes with hooker Nathaniel Roache refused permission after failing a screening test, due to a reported cold.

Hooker Nathaniel Roache didn't make the trip after feeling unwell on Sunday morning, the first player to be segregated from a squad under the NRL's strict new COVID-19 guidelines."And it's really good for our guys so we can focus on the job at hand." Roache only played six games in 2019, and was not part of the Warriors' side in the first two rounds of this year before coronavirus forced the season to be shut down.Winger David Fusitu'a also stayed behind for personal reasons and will fly to Tamworth as soon as possible."We're totally satisfied Nate has had no contact with any other player or staff member at the club for several weeks and we're very comfortable we have abided by all policies and requirements," Warriors chief executive Cameron George said."[We are] very mindful that it is very challenging times but respectful of the process that they had to follow.The Warriors will make the regional NSW town home for the next 14 days during their quarantine period after Australian Border Force finally signed off on their exemption on Saturday morning.The Warriors have been given permission to come to Australia and isolate and train in Tamworth amid the coronavirus pandemic, so the club can prepare for when season resumes.Club officials were forced to send gear over earlier in the week when the plane they had originally booked for the flight was deemed unsuitable for the runway at Tamworth Airport.An in-house wellbeing officer will remain with the team during the season, while the club will ensure their families have support around the clock.

The New Zealand Warriors' quarantine facility at Tamworth.Credit: AAP They will make Tamworth's Mercure Hotel their home for the next two weeks, the accommodation adjacent to West Tamworth League Club.More to come.Scully Park is next to the hotel and a perimeter has been set up around the club and ground precinct so no members of the local community will be able to come into contact with Warriors players or staff.Loading Each player will have their own individual room and will not be able to visit teammates, while a gym has been set up within their complex.All meals will be prepared out of the leagues club kitchen.” While Australian NRL players have at least been able to train in groups of two, the Warriors have endured a complete lockdown.

Local police have warned the NRL and the Warriors they will make random checks to ensure the players and staff are adhering to the quarantine regulations.The travelling party is expected to move to the Central Coast once they have finished their two weeks' isolation in Tamworth..

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app85 What a disgrace NRL your way out of control and let's hope you come unstuck you slime ball app85 Who cares about games when our future is depend on social distancing and testing app85 What a joke! People dying in Newmarch and these meatheads fly in. app85 why they useless as shit have useless coach only big guys no brains cant last 20 mins in a game let alone 60 shut the club down let newzealand out of suffering newzealandlockdown

Border Force approves NRL's New Zealand Warriors' exemption from coronavirus restrictions to travel to Australia - ABC NewsThe New Zealand Warriors will take part in the NRL season, after receiving permission to travel to Australia. This whole 'lockdown' & closed borders due to the virus is a huge fraudulent joke. Unbelievable. But deny a woman coming here to nurse her dying sister. Disgusting.

New Zealand Warriors hooker Nathaniel Roache and centre David Fusitu'a miss team flight to Australia - ABC NewsTwo New Zealand Warriors players have not travelled with the team to Australia — one on compassionate grounds, the other due to illness. RubyDutton might strike again. And Really, I guess he had no contact with any of the other players, coaches, staff etc? Really?

Heartbreaking image behind NRL returnThe New Zealand Warriors are on their way to Australia after being granted permission to set up camp in Tamworth ahead of the 2020 season potentially getting underway on May 28. It will be the return of large crowds to sporting venues during winter that will set off the second wave of COVID-19. This will also be the crew which NO ONE TALKS ABOUT! Who are on FAR LESS MONEY. They don’t care about anyone’s wellbeing or health- all about money Luckily for them they're not in the military...They'd be away from their families, on a fraction of the pay...and being shot at.

Government grants approval: Warriors winging it to Australia'An excellent outcome for rugby league and another step towards the competition resuming on May 28' - Peter V'landys The Warriors will be arriving in Tamworth on Sunday afternoon after clearance was received via the Australian Border Force. Is pay deal sorted? You have completely lost your marbles if you think getting special treatment like this is helping your public image. No wonder your players are arrogant thugs who flout laws, when you get them changed specially for you. Shows your lack of respect for Australians and the law. Are they crossing the Tasman on the Ruby Princess?

NZ Warriors allowed to fly into Australia | Sky News AustraliaThe New Zealand Warriors will arrive in Tamworth in NSW tomorrow after the club received approval to fly to Australia to play NRL. \n\nThe team will enter 14 days in isolation, where they will be permitted to train before the Telstra premiership recommences on May 28. \n\n'The club will follow the strictest bio security protocols and, like all clubs, will participate in an education day about the protocols on Monday morning,” NRL Chairman Peter V'Landys said. What does Chris Kenny say about this? I feel empty without the footy on the weekend. Bring it back. SeanBradbery Wait till the NRL looks back and says, shit I never saw this coming. Sadly, nobody will be held accountable for the pain and grief they will have caused. How dumb are humans?!

Coronavirus has ‘made us appreciate the simple things in life’ | Sky News AustraliaSky News host Chris Kenny says the strict coronavirus lockdown measures “have taught us to value some simple pleasures” in life. \n\nThe Coalition will fast-track the easing of radical coronavirus restrictions after facing mounting pressure from industry leaders to set Australians free from lockdown.\n\nPrime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians “deserve an early mark for the work that they have done” as he revealed the National Cabinet would meet a week earlier to decide when to roll back restrictions.\n\nMr Morrison said how far the restrictions could be eased depended on how many people downloaded the COVIDSafe app. \n\nMr Kenny said the relaxation of some restrictions “can't happen fast enough surely”.\n\nHe said we’ve “got to get people back to work, got to get people back into sport, got to get as many businesses back in action as possible”. \n\n'So, download the app to help out with all this, and let's hope for some big changes when you tune in here next Friday'. \n\nImage: Getty HHepplewhite Sky news Australia so much better than uk Like the ABC.