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George: Border decision doesn't change our position

Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George says the New Zealand Government’s border announcement today doesn’t change the club’s position for the 2022 NRL season.

While the decision to open the New Zealand border to vaccinated Australian visitors was another positive development, he said the Vodafone Warriors will remain at their Redcliffe base in Queensland for the season.

“It provides more good news for plans to play four games at Mount Smart Stadium from July 3 but our overall position is unchanged,” said George.

“As we have said all along, our priority is to ensure we have stability for our players and their families while also doing what’s best for the competition.

“While we are further heartened by this news and the prospect of playing games at Mount Smart later in the season, we are committed to continuing our 2022 campaign in Australia and our six home games scheduled to be played in Redcliffe.

“This provides sufficient time for the border policies to become established and for New Zealand to move past the peak of its Omicron outbreak so crowds will be able to return to live venues.”

The Vodafone Warriors’ four scheduled games at Mount Smart Stadium are against Wests Tigers (July 3), Melbourne (July 29), Canterbury Bankstown (August 12) and Gold Coast (September 3).  

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