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Rugby league world reacts to suspension of the NRL

NRL.com brings you the latest updates as the rugby league world reacts to news the NRL will be suspended, effective immediately, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

NRL suspends season in wake of COVID-19 outbreak

Players have taken to social media to express their emotions following Monday night's announcement.

England international John Bateman, who was listed to return from shoulder surgery by May, could now see the bright side to an earlier return.

Gold Coast Titans winger Dale Copley pays tribute to the Warriors.

One emoji sums it all up for Rabbitohs skipper Adam Reynolds.

Canberra star Nick Cotric offers a bleak but funny response to the shutdown period looming.

 
 
 
 
 
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The struggle is real 😭💔 @nikcotric

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South Sydney superstar Latrell Mitchell reflects on a wild start to the 2020 season.

Wests Tigers forward Chris Lawrence urges everyone to stick together.

Manly forward Joel Thompson shares his thoughts after news filtered through on Monday evening.

Messages of unity and resolve from Sharks halfback Chad Townsend was voiced through his Twitter account.

Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson offered a simple message to the NRL supporter base.

 
 
 
 
 
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Stay together, stay safe. We will be back 👍🏻❤️ @nrl

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And a rallying cry from veteran Panthers winger Josh Mansour.

A community awareness message from Dragons back-rower Tariq Sims reminding everyone that they have a role to play. 

Injured Parramatta hooker Reed Mahoney shares his thoughts.

Titans hooker Nathan Peats' blunt reaction is short and not-so-sweet.

Sharks five-eighth Shaun Johnson offers some perspective in the situation.

NRL.com commentator Jamie Soward shares the love.

Manly forward Corey Waddell has offered to help out anyone in need following the announcement. 

 
 
 
 
 
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My heart goes out to everyone doing it tough in these uncertain times ❤️. I’m here if anyone needs help 🙏

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Parramatta Eels centre Michael Jennings was looking forward to building a cubby house in his spare time for young son Carter.

And a much-needed shot of good humour from Sea Eagles enforcer Martin Taupau.