Rugby clubs around the country will start a three-stage approach to getting back on the grass. We have included the three different phases below:
𝐏𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝟏 (𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰) 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟏𝟒 – 𝟐𝟓 𝐌𝐚𝐲
We will be working with our rugby clubs to put procedures in place to ensure all necessary requirements can be met to train. These include hygiene protocols for people, venues, requirements for gatherings, and contact tracing. NO organised rugby training or match activity will occur during this phase.
𝐏𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝟐 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲 (𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝, 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞)
Teams begin pre-season training (including contact training) within NZ Rugby’s guidelines and recommendations. This is expected to be a four-week period from 25 May but will be confirmed following confirmation of the government’s requirements for gatherings. Pre-season matches may be played in the final week prior to Phase 3. During this phase all clubs will adopt a contact tracing system used as a good precaution taken against the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community.
𝐏𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝟑 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲 (𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝, 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞)
If restrictions on mass gatherings are increased from 25 May, competition fixtures can begin from 20 June. We will set a date as we move into the further stages of this 3 stage approach. Our main priority is the safety of our players, volunteers, supporters and community.
We will advise you when we will be moving into the ‘prepare to play’ phase and what this looks like in regards to training.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate through this situation.
Click here to read the full NZ Rugby Media Release: 👉 https://bit.ly/NZRmediarelease
Click here to read NZ Rugby’s return to rugby at level two requirements 👉 https://bit.ly/RugbyRequirements