NZ travel limits puts NRL season in doubt

Warriors centre Peta Hiku is facing the prospect of missing the birth of his child if the NRL team is forced to remain in Australia under new border restrictions announced by New Zealand.

It comes as the immediate status of the NRL season is again in doubt after the New Zealand government's decision to force all international arrivals to self-quarantine for a fortnight, beginning midnight on Sunday (NZT).

In a press conference following Saturday's 20-0 loss to Newcastle in the opening match of their season, Warriors chief executive Cameron George revealed Hiku's partner is pregnant and due in a week, while several players have young families.

"The day we've had today, it's just something else our group has got to deal with," George said.

"Led by (coach) Stephen (Kearney), we've got a great leadership group and what happens will happen."

"I'm just focused on making sure we get the best outcome for our families and the boys. There's a couple of players there who have very young children who were just born in recent weeks."

The Warriors are expected to be home before the start of the travel restriction, described by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the toughest in the world.

The development has prompted the ARL Commission to hold an emergency meeting, with a press conference called with chairman Peter V'landys and boss Todd Greenberg for 10am Sunday after they speak to club bosses.

The unprecedented step has left the Warriors' round-two clash with Canberra - part of a double-header with Super Rugby - at Eden Park in grave doubt.

George said he was assured by NZ government agencies on Saturday morning that there was no indication there would be a change in border restrictions.

"The most important thing for the fans and the game is we try and keep the competition going," George said.

"We want to do everything we can to ensure that is the case because I know how important it is to the sporting landscape."

It comes one day after the league had announced fans will be locked out of all stadiums from next weekend due to coronavirus.

Already, North Queensland captain Michael Morgan has called for the NRL season to be postponed.

Broadcaster Channel Nine have also announced they will host and call all games from the studio until further notice.

Until Saturday night, Fox Sports were yet to follow suit.

The New Zealand government is expected to review their border restrictions in 16 days.

Realistically, the development leaves the NRL with few choices.

Teams who entered New Zealand would be quarantined for 14 days, and be unable to play the following weekend.

If the Warriors returned home from any game in Australia after Sunday, they would also be quarantined for a fortnight and be unable to play the next week.

One option might be for the Warriors to remain in Australia and play all of their home games here.

However, that suggestion was flatly rejected by Warriors player Adam Blair's wife on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

"I would cry!!" she posted.

"I have two kids, no family, studying my post-grad uni and work. I have exams, intensives and classes that are completely worked around Adam's schedule."

The NRL has already floated the possibility of playing all matches in one city over magic weekends to try to keep players healthy.