Video Extras

Postponement Of NRL Grand Final A Likely Option

The NRL is leaning towards postponing Sunday's grand final rather than moving it to Townsville if faced with the prospect of staging the showpiece at an empty Suncorp Stadium.

Officials are expected to be locked in emergency meetings on Friday, as the fate of the season-decider hangs in the balance because of Queensland's COVID-19 outbreak.

A postponement, first revealed as an option by AAP on Thursday, is becoming more realistic as the outbreak worsens.

ARLC chair Peter V'landys confirmed on Friday morning it would be difficult to move the game to Townsville, and for logistical reasons that would have to be decided before Saturday.

"When we negotiated with the government we always had a Plan B. That was to go to Townsville," V'landys told 2GB.

"Logistically now that would be hard.

"We would have to make a decision today because you would have to get TV crews and OB vans up to Townsville from Brisbane and that takes time."

V'landys said a postponement was now the more likely fallback option, with the league still hoping it can go ahead with a 75 or 50 per cent crowd in Brisbane.

"Postponement is definitely one (option)," V'landys said.

"We won't take any action without consulting the coaches and two teams.

"But we want a crowd and if it means postponing the event to get a crowd we will do so."

Sydney could still potentially feature as an unlikely host if a Queensland lockdown was to linger, given crowds are likely to return in NSW from October 11.

Crowds will be capped at 5000 for fully vaccinated people provided the state reaches 70 per cent double dosage next week as expected.

"Everything is on the table," V'landys said.

"It will be a hard decision because naturally when you make these decisions it doesn't please everyone.

"But we will try and make the best decision for the players and the fans."

AAP with The Project.