The Storm is expected to spend more than a month in Queensland after being told they will have to stay away from Melbourne for at least 28 days once the COVID-19 peak in the Victorian capital has subsided.
The Melbourne players moved to Sydney last Wednesday to prepare for Friday’s clash with the Warriors in Kogarah, which was originally scheduled to be played at AAMI Park.
They went further north on the Sunshine Coast after the game to prepare for Thursday’s home game against the Roosters, which will now be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane due to biosecurity concerns if they return to Melbourne.
Storm veteran Dale Finucane said on Monday that many partners and player families had also made the trip north to be with the team.
NRL Interim CEO Andrew Abdo spoke to the team on Sunday evening and Finucane said they had not received an end date for their stay in Sunshine State, but that he s expected to be away from home until at least August.
“I think since the number is increasing in Victoria in terms of what’s going on with the virus, this should not happen anytime soon,” he said.
“They wanted a 28-day period after the virus slowed down.”
In team news, Storm eight-eighth Cameron Munster will have scans on his injured knee Monday afternoon to determine the extent of damage suffered during the Warriors’ victory.