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Next step: NRL's safety measures being put to clubs, RLPA

NRL clubs and players are expected to be briefed on Friday regarding biosecurity measures that underpin a proposed return to training in 11 days time.

While a restructured competition format is not expected to be locked in until next week as broadcast negotiations continue, clubs will be given clarity in the coming 48 hours on exactly what health and safety measures need to be implemented before the proposed May 4 return-to-training date.

Project Apollo's lengthy biosecurity report is being finalised after Wednesday's meeting, with a draft document understood to have been provided to the RLPA.

Project leader and ARL Commissioner Wayne Pearce said clubs would be given a consultation period "so that we get some feedback and can be fair and reasonable", before moves to bring players back to training are finalised.

A final document would be distributed based on that club consultation next week.

A May 4 return to training, which remains contingent on the Warriors being granted government exemptions to arrive in Australia and train while observing quarantine measures, would make for a 24-day lead-in to the NRL's proposed May 28 restart date.

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ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys has repeatedly stressed the game's self-isolation and safety policies will go beyond community expectations, and are being guided by the NRL's biosecurity experts.

Daily health and temperature checks of players and staff will be monitored by an NRL-developed app.

Proposed sanctions for clubs or players that breach NRL policies are still being worked through with the RLPA.

"There will be sanctions," V'landys said in an NRL statement.

"We’ve got no option, there must be a deterrent because one reckless act will bring down an entire competition and the livelihoods that come with that."

The RLPA will also seek clarification on what measures will be put in place specifically around interstate teams and any travel required for players and staff.

Also of priority for the players' union is access to medical facilities and injury rehabilitation measures given the typical contrition rate that comes in an NRL season.

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