Please find included below a media release from New Zealand Rugby postponing all club and community rugby until Saturday 18 April, effective immediately.
We are taking guidance from New Zealand Rugby so all rugby in Poverty Bay, including contact training, is restricted. Obviously, this has a huge impact not only on our players but also the many coaches and club and school volunteers.
The environment around us is constantly changing. While this decision has a huge impact on our rugby community, the impacts of COVID-19 are not selective – it is wide-spread and impacting everyone. It is important we support each other through these challenging times and come up with practical solutions together.
To support you through this process, we will send through some guidance on keeping fitness levels up and maintaining positive mental health during this time and in preparation for the eventual start of season.
What you need to know:
- All rugby matches are postponed until Saturday, 18 April
- At this stage, full-contact training can resume from Monday, 13 April
- Non-contact training activities can continue with sensible hygiene protocols observed
- Use personal water bottles – don’t share with others
- Ensure rugby equipment is regularly cleaned
- Maintaining fitness is encouraged
- Registering for rugby can continue online
- Coach, referee and education activities can continue within Ministry of Health guidelines
- Stay at home if you are feeling unwell
- Regularly wash hands
- School and junior club rugby commence after 18 April so are not included in this postponement
- Follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines: www.health.govt.nz
- Do what is best for you and your communities to keep them safe and healthy
Statement regarding COVID-19: Club Rugby participation in New Zealand