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NRL and players throw support behind coronavirus contact app

The NRL has agreed to work with the Australian Government to promote and encourage the use of its Coronavirus Contact App, which will help trace the virus.

The Australian Rugby League Commission on Sunday pledged to support the use of the app which will play a vital role in alerting people if they have come in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus.

ARL chairman Peter V'landys said the NRL was committed to playing a leadership role in issues of public health and safety.

The NRL is planning to restart the Telstra Premiership on May 28.

The contact app will allow health officials to tell if someone has come into close contact with someone who is diagnosed with coronavirus. 

The RLPA will work with the Commission to promote the technology.

"This app is a simple, genius idea that can help protect public health and eradicate the virus," V’landys said.

"We absolutely believe in the importance of the community health message and are proud to work with the government to promote it far and wide.

"Right from the start of this pandemic we acknowledged the important role our sport, and the role models in our game, can play in helping authorities get important messages to the public so we can beat this virus."

RLPA chief executive Clint Newton said the players would look to continue liaising with the NRL and federal government "to identify further opportunities for our members to continue promoting important public health initiatives".

"The RLPA will always explore anything that may enhance the health and safety of players, their families and the wider community. 

"We will continue discussions with our leading players in the coming days regarding the role they can play in supporting the COVID-19 app."

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