NRL to consider giving Warriors roster relief amid injury crisis

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The NRL will reconsider their stance on loan players at a commission meeting next week, after the Warriors put in a formal request to help their depleted numbers.

The NRL originally denied the Warriors' request for loan players from other Australian clubs last week, as it breaks NRL rules. However, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys said it would be up for discussion at next Thursday's commission meeting.

"We are looking at that and that will be decided at the Commission meeting on the 28th of May," V'landys told AAP.

"Needless to say we have a lot of sympathy for the Warriors so we will try and assist where we can."

The Warriors have been riddled with injuries since their arrival in Australia, utility back Adam Keighran the most recent player to join their growing casualty ward.

Keighran joins Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral), Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei (all knees) to have suffered major injuries. Tevaga is the only player with a chance of returning this season.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Warriors cannot easily replace players from their reserve grades in New Zealand. Instead, they will likely be forced to call on development players to face the Dragons next week or play players out of position.

According to Warriors chief executive Cameron George, several clubs have stated their desire to help provide the Warriors with loan players.

"Because of our restrictions, loaning a player would be a sensible thing for the integrity of the competition to maintain certain standards," George said earlier this week.

"To simply say we've still got 28 (fit) players (isn't right), they can't all play front row."

Former Sharks captain Paul Gallen said he'd be willing to come out of retirement if he received the call.

"The sacrifices they've made, I would consider it," Gallen told radio 2GB's Wide World of Sports program on Tuesday night.

"Look, I only retired last year. I was doing plenty of contact work in training with the Sharkies up until two months ago.

"It's probably a long shot, but I would consider it."