The ARL Commission has announced the NRL is planning to restart the competition on May 28 and also intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.
In making the announcement, the NRL reiterated that the grand final would remain in its traditional format of one match, played in Sydney. The NRL's innovations committee and the ARL Commission each met on Thursday to discuss rescheduling the season due to the hiatus brought about last month by the coronavirus pandemic. A phone hook-up was then held with representatives from each of the 16 clubs.
In its statement, the NRL said it would continue to work with governments in Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand about what restrictions may look like at the end of May.
ARL Commissioner Wayne Pearce, who is heading up the innovations committee, said: "I'm pleased to announce we're planning a competition start on May 28.
"The details on the competition structure we haven't got yet because the landscape is changing around government boundaries. That will feed into the complexity structure.