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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire.

NRL coaches have backed proposed self-isolation measures to reduce the risk of players contracting COVID-19 and disrupting the Telstra Premiership.

NRL officials and RLPA representatives are finalising guidelines for the self-isolation policy but players are likely to be told to avoid pubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres and other places they could come into contact with the public. 

The Rugby League Coaches Association said the game's leading mentors are united behind the decision for the competition to continue and steps taken to protect players from the coronavirus.

"Our coaches are completely respectful of the requirements and directives to keep the game moving. And our coaches are keen to continue to lead and support with other key leaders in clubs," RLCA CEO Kelly Egan said.

Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire said the leadership of ARLC chairman Peter V'Landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg had been telling in recent days.

"To see the game united like this has been one real positive out of what we know is a very serious and challenging environment," Maguire said.

"Rugby league has needed a united front like never before and we have certainly seen that with the coaches as well.

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"As a collective, we'll move with the game, in terms of what's needed to operate in the best environment possible under the circumstances.

"I'd particularly like to call out the leadership of Peter V'landys and Todd Greenberg. I think they have led extremely well through this incredibly difficult period."

Penrith Panthers Coach Ivan Cleary welcomed the united approach across the game.

"The coaches will play an important role in ensuring consistency and I have been heartened that we have seen such support from the group for the direction the game has chosen," Cleary said.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley said the coaches would be incredibly influential as the code continued to deal with the challenges caused by COVID-19.

"It's great to have the support of the coaches in doing everything possible to protect short and long-term health and welfare of everyone associated with rugby league from grassroots to the elite level," Annesley said.

"We passionately believe we have an obligation to find the right balance between responsibly managing immediate health risks, and the often-overlooked social benefits delivered to local communities around Australia for more than a century."

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