Round-Up: NRL isolation bubble to burst, Crowds back for Boxing Day Test, Olympic flame tour, and more

People watch Olympic flame during 'Flame Of Recovery' tour on March 22, 2020 in Miyako, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Sunday's NRL grand final in Sydney provided a 12 per cent boost in television ratings from last year, 2.97 million tuned in to free-to-air broadcaster Nine up from the 2.64 million that watched the 2019 grand final. More than 37,000 fans were present at the ANZ Stadium – WAToday

NRL bio expert David Heslop claims strict protocols on players and officials can be safely relaxed "almost fully" when the pre-season begins next month, foreshadowing plans to all but burst the competition’s isolation bubble in 2021 – Brisbane Times

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