21 May 2021

Warriors staying in Australia

10:26 am on 21 May 2021

The Warriors are unlikely to play any games in Auckland this year.

Warriors celebrate 2021


Warriors CEO Cameron George has announced the club's NRL squad won't be able to return to New Zealand as hoped and will now remain in Australia for the rest of the season.

While a Trans-Tasman bubble has been in place for a month, George said it had become clear that heading home on June 21 as initially planned was no longer a realistic option.

"That was the goal but it's clear there's still too much uncertainty and risk involved with the Covid-19 situation," he said.

"We saw a pause in the bubble just two weeks ago after a case in Sydney and that really served as another reminder of how unstable things are.

"While we've wanted to come home our priority has been to ensure we have stability for our players and families while also doing what's best for the competition.

"We've been in constant discussions with the NRL keeping abreast of developments and we've mutually agreed it's in our best interests to remain in Australia.

"However, we will continue to explore options to play in front of our fans at home if international border volatility settles later in the season."

It had originally been hoped the Vodafone Warriors would return to Auckland to play their last five regular season home games at Mount Smart Stadium.

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Earlier this week Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said staying in Australia would be best for the team.

The Warriors have been based in Gosford since January.

They have 14 games remaining including tonight's clash with Wests Tigers in Gosford.

They're 11th on the NRL table.