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No homecoming match in August for Vodafone Warriors

Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak has forced the Vodafone Warriors to cancel plans for their homecoming NRL match against Canterbury Bankstown at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, August 15.

In another development announced last night, the Vodafone Warriors are among 12 clubs being relocated to South East Queensland for a period of at least four weeks.

With 77 new community cases reported in New South Wales yesterday, Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said the club and the NRL had no option but to abandon their return home to play the Bulldogs.

“We were all desperately looking forward to coming home for the game but the fact is we’re in the middle of a new crisis which leaves us with no other decision but to call the game off,” he said.

The fact is we’re in the middle of a new crisis which leaves us with no other decision but to call the game off

Cameron George Vodafone Warriors CEO

“While this is a huge blow for us as a club as well as for all our members, fans, families and sponsors there is simply too much risk and uncertainty.

“We appreciate the support the NRL gave us trying to make this game possible but we’re committed to doing all we can to protect the competition and our players.”

Mount Smart Stadium was close to sold out for the August 15 game which would have been the Vodafone Warriors’ first match at Mount Smart Stadium in almost two years.

George said details would follow in the coming days about ticket refunds.

The game will still be played on August 15 at a yet to be confirmed venue.