Wayne Bennett sees no reason why the NRL show should not go on amid the “hysteria” of the coronavirus pandemic.
The NRL is set to introduce a “self-isolation programme” after the Australian Rugby League Commission met on Thursday.
South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Bennett will oversee a round-two clash against his former employers Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday behind closed doors.
The former England boss says there is no doubt the action should continue.
“It’s crazy if you make it crazy, but if you can be balanced about it and realise that everything is not perfect on any given day, you just manage it,” said Bennett.
“I think it’s the best outcome you can get for yourself if you can forget about all the hysteria that’s going on around you.
“I’m happy to talk one-on-one [with journalists] standing right next to you, I don’t know what the hell is going on with all this stuff.”
He added: “I’m elated the game’s going ahead. It’s nice to see the unity. I think the chairman’s doing a great job with it. [NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has] been up front with it.
“I think Clint Newton’s been great with the players’ association. The CEOs have been wonderful. We’re all on the same page.
“We want to play rugby league and want to play this weekend.”