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The two Queensland teams still in the state have been told by the NRL to leave in a bid not to disrupt the season. The North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans will pack their bags and cross the border into NSW later today, where they will join the Brisbane Broncos, who are in Sydney after making the dash south earlier in the week.

The Cowboys and Titans were scheduled to play against Cronulla and Canberra respectively in south-east Queensland on Saturday, but they will now play in a double-header at Kogarah’s Jubilee Stadium.

By confirming the relocation of games today all clubs, players and fans have certainty to plan for the weekend’s fixtures and as a game we eliminate the risk around whether those matches will take place.

I want to thank all clubs who are making sacrifices for the greater good of our game. These are difficult decisions to make but decisions that ensure our competition continues this weekend without interruption.

Further to Mel’s post on the AMA, there is this.

ACT COVID update 31 March:

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith says ~2600 people declared they’d been in Greater Brisbane#Canberra testing centres almost back to normal wait times

And then… Well. She is VERY unhappy with some Cwealth ministers’ vaccine commentary today.

ACT Health Minister Stephen-Smith: “I think some of the comments today from some of the Commonwealth ministers, and I note not the Health Minister Greg Hunt, but some of those comments from his colleagues have been EXTREMELY disappointing and betray a real lack of understanding”

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