Community rugby league delayed in south-west Sydney

Thirlmere won the 2019 Group 6 Rugby League grand final.
Thirlmere won the 2019 Group 6 Rugby League grand final.

The NSW Rugby League has announced the postponement for the planned July 18 start of community rugby league competitions in south-west Sydney due to the current Covid-19 cluster stemming from the Crossroads Hotel.

NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said the Wests Tigers Macarthur, Canterbury Districts and Group 6 Region competitions for under-6s to A-grade will now start on August 1.

"We have always maintained through this pandemic that we would remain flexible in our approach and fall in line with the most up-to-date information from the Government and health experts at that time," Trodden said.

"While everyone has worked hard to get footy re-started and we would love to be kicking off across the entire state this weekend, it is important we remain vigilant to stop any potential avoidable spreading of the coronavirus."

Individual teams from those areas playing in Combined Conference competitions will not be able to participate for two weeks until August 1, but those competitions will continue under rule changes implemented by the NSWRL to adhere to government COVID-19 guidelines.

The matches missed will be registered as a draw for both teams.

The group 6 competition has 15 clubs including teams from Thirlmere Tahmoor, Picton, Oran Park, Campbelltown and Camden.

The newly-formed Wests Tigers Macarthur league has 10 clubs including teams from Liverpool, Campbelltown, Minto, Eagle Vale and Ingleburn.

The Canterbury District features 12-teams including the Moorebank Rams.