The Warriors have been forced to extend their stay in Australia after the resurgence in COVID-19 transmissions in New Zealand.
The initial hope was that the club would be able to hold their first home game against the Sea Eagles on April 9 but CEO Cameron George confirmed on the club’s website that date has now been pushed back.
Instead, the team now anticipates to be possibly back home for their Round 16 clash against the Dragons on July 2.
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It means the Warriors will now play a minimum of seven of their total 12 home games in Australia with six to take place at Central Coast Stadium.
The other will take place against the Eels at Suncorp Stadium as part of Magic Round.
“Indications are the introduction of any Trans-Tasman bubble will happen later than originally hoped,” George said in a statement on the club’s website.
“On that basis, we’ve had discussions with the NRL and our players and staff about delaying our return to ensure we have some continuity for the first 15 rounds of the competition.
“We thank our members, fans and sponsors for their support, understanding and patience through these challenging times while we’ve been preparing for the 2021 season at our home away from home on the Central Coast.”
While admitting it is not the desirable outcome, George added that he hopes the determination will give the club’s fans, partners and country “cause to be proud… and excited to be part of another premiership challenge.”
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