Hobart has been forced to make a trade after announcing it would not field its NRL teams.
Here’s what you need to know about what it means for the future of the competition.
What happens now?
The announcement came on the same day the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said it was suspending the 2017-18 season due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The AFL has also announced it would no longer field its 2017-19 teams.
The NRL has announced it will be holding its first AFL season this year.
Why will the NRL continue to play the same teams?
The move is a huge blow for the sport.
The Australian Rugby League has been the most successful sport in Australia and is home to some of the best players in the world.
It is the pinnacle of Australian rugby and one of the top leagues in the western world.
The decision to cancel the 2017 NRL season was made following the coronatirus pandemic and the fact it was not yet a regular fixture.
The NRL has also been one of Australia’s biggest sponsorships, with the club spending more than $200 million on marketing and events during the 2016-17 season.
It is also expected the NRL will look to continue with the same roster of players it has now, with many fans hoping they will play a bigger role in the club’s future.
What happens next?
It is unclear when the NRL’s next game will be played, with officials saying it is too early to give an indication.
However, the move could mean the end of the 2017 season for players such as Mitchell Pearce, Josh Dugan, Aaron Woods, James Tedesco, Luke Lewis and Josh McGuire.
“This decision is not just about football.
It affects all of our teams and clubs.
We want to support the families of the fallen and those affected,” said Rugby League NSW general manager of public affairs Scott Barbour.
“We will work hard to provide support to the families and support the players and the clubs.”