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NRL premiers Melbourne Storm rushed back to Queensland

Melbourne's State of Origin stars have been asked to turn around and fly back to Queensland with the Victorian government announcing a snap five-day lockdown.

Amid new COVID-19 cases in Melbourne, the Storm are to relocate to Queensland before midnight on Thursday, setting up camp in the state for the second time this season after already spending 47 days on the Sunshine Coast.

The Storm have been home in Melbourne for just two weeks, but the NRL has been forced to act quickly to get the club into Queensland and into a hub in time for Saturday night's clash with Newcastle.

That game was to have been at AAMI Park as their first home game since round eight, but it will be shifted to a southeast Queensland location.

They will fly into Brisbane but where the Storm will be based is yet to be finalised.

It has come as a blow for the reigning premiers who also spent four months of last season in camp on the Sunshine Coast after originally hoping to be there for only a few short weeks.

Origin stars Christian Welch, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Josh Addo-Carr and Nicho Hynes were on a charter flight back to Melbourne after Queensland's 20-18 win on Wednesday night when the decision was made.

They landed in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon and were return to their homes to pack a fresh bag before heading back to Queensland with the Storm squad.

"We are really disappointed we won't be able to play in front of our members and fans again this weekend as we hoped to," Storm chief executive Justin Rodski said, adding they hope to return to Melbourne to play Penrith on July 31. "I know how much everyone connected with Storm - our players and staff through to our hugely loyal members and fans - was looking forward to it.

"There has been so much excitement and planning put into returning to AAMI Park but unfortunately the decision in the end was out of our hands.

"We will continue to work with the NRL and governments over the coming days to assess the situation in Victoria and plan our return as soon as possible.

"We know this will be extremely disappointing for our members and fans who have missed watching our team play live at AAMI Park."

The Storm will host the Newcastle Knights on the Gold Coast as part of a revised NRL schedule on Saturday.