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Brisbane gets tick to host NRL grand final

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The NRL grand final has been given the green light to be played at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday evening with a capped crowd of 39,000 in attendance.

Fears of a postponement or relocation due to COVID-19 cases in Queensland were allayed on Sunday morning by ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys, who confirmed to AAP that the game would go ahead in Brisbane.

It will be welcome news to both South Sydney and Penrith, after crowd numbers for the blockbuster were cut on Thursday from a capacity of 52,000 due to coronavirus concerns.

“It sounds like it’s going to be a great atmosphere and we’re looking forward to it,” Rabbitohs assistant Jason Demetriou said on Saturday.

Queensland health minister Yvette D’Ath on Saturday gave the best indication yet the game would proceed in the capital.

“A day is a long time with COVID-19 but things are looking really positive,” she said.

So far, Queensland has avoided a lockdown after cases of community transmission popped up in the state on Tuesday.

AAP

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