Five clubs bid to stage games behind close doors

Five Super League clubs have applied to host games when the season restarts.

Leeds, St Helens, Warrington, Huddersfield and Salford have all informed the competition’s hierarchy of their desire to host games when the season resumes in August.

Teams will play behind closed doors when they return, with a return of supporters not expected until October at the earliest.

As a result, Super League has drawn up plans for select stadia to host games, with a number of fixtures set to take place at the same ground on the same day.

Clubs received a document outlining the protocols that would need to be reached in order to host fixtures. They included facilities, such as several changing rooms, social distancing requirements and biosecurity measures.

As of writing, the aforementioned quintet have all formally expressed their intent to stage games come August. It remains unclear whether any more clubs will put their hands up.

Before any of the facilities are approved, the RFL will visit to ensure they will satisfy those procedures.

The RFL’s chief regulatory officer Karen Moorhouse admitted earlier this month that it was “very likely” that only a select number of stadiums would be used upon the restart.

“When you talk about behind closed doors, you’re looking at having a limited number of stadiums,” she said.

“It means you can dig down and have a limited number of procedures.

“We’ve started to pull together a spectrum for what venues we would need to deliver what we want and, rather than geographically, it will be what we need to deliver from those venues.”