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NRL reduces five-day turnarounds

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016
Manu Vatuvei reacts to a team mate during a New Zealand Warriors NRL training session at Mt Smart Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Getty Images Manu Vatuvei reacts to a team mate during a New Zealand Warriors NRL training session at Mt Smart Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The NRL has managed to slightly decrease the demands on players after reducing five-day turnarounds in 2016.

The league on Friday announced its schedule for the the final six rounds of this season's premiership.

As a result, the number of dreaded five-day turnarounds has been reduced from 46 last year to 43 this year.

The NRL said the one-off cycle of Thursday to Monday football had made any further decreases difficult.

However, with the end of Monday night games in 2017, the NRL has pledged to further reduce five-day turnarounds for teams next year.

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