Coronavirus: ARLC chairman V'landys hopes for capped crowds at NRL in July

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V'landys is hoping capped crowds can return to the NRL as soon as July amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Suspended in March due to COVID-19, the NRL season will resume on Thursday with Australia having successfully contained the spread of coronavirus.

V'landys has faced some criticism for his relentless approach and said earlier this week he regretted suspending the season.

Now, the ARLC chairman is looking for crowds to return to stadiums in just over a month's time.

"We based our return on analysis and information on infection rates and how the coronavirus really caused the damage it did," V'landys said, via The Sydney Morning Herald.

"When you look at it, 60 per cent came from offshore and even today the four positives all came from overseas.

"You take the Ruby Princess [cruise ship] out and that's less risk again. So in real terms, if the infection rate stays as low as it does and nothing new is coming in from overseas, the risk is going to be pretty low. So why wouldn't we have crowds? We'll do that in the same fashion we did with the return of the game.

"The next test for us is once they relax the measures, we want to see in the next three weeks if the infection rate is altered in any fashion. If it hasn't, we'll be pushing very hard for crowds .... capped crowds."

States across Australia have started easing restrictions, with the country having more than 7,100 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 102 deaths.

The Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels will restart the NRL season at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday.