The NRL announced a self-isolation program for players as it continues ahead with its season despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Round two of the season begins behind closed doors on Thursday as the NRL goes ahead with its campaign despite the coronavirus.

In the latest series of safety measures, the NRL is introducing a self-isolation program, with only essential interaction between players and the general community allowed on match days.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V’landys said: “We can continue to play until another contingency is encountered.”

The NRL is still wanting to play its whole season amid major concerns over its financial viability should it be cancelled.

Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) general manager Clint Newton said: “We will get through this.

“The NRL is certainly committed to work through the details of the self-isolation program with us.

“These most challenging times can be conquered when we stick together.”