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COVID-19 and Return to Rugby

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the sport we all love. Here you will find all the information players, referees, coaches, clubs, schools and Provincial Unions need to know on the return to rugby and what we're doing to keep everyone safe.

Community Rugby at Alert Level 3 & Alert Level 2

COVID-19 Update, 25 August 2020: Currently the Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.5 and the rest of New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2. 

Read our statement for 12 August 2020 on COVID-19 and Community Rugby participation here

Community Rugby at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.5

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2.5 rugby training and workshops can commence in bubbles of 10. No rugby matches can commence until mass gatherings of 100 are permitted.

This applies to all North Harbour Rugby Union, Auckland Rugby Union, Counties Manukau Rugby Union** clubs, festivals, tournaments, and schools.

*The following Northland Rugby Union clubs are in the Auckland region and are at Alert Level 3: Wellsford Rugby Football Club and Tomarata Rugby Club.

**Only Counties Manukau Rugby Union clubs based in the Auckland region are at Alert Level 3.

Community Rugby at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, all rugby activity throughout the rest of New Zealand can continue if Ministry of Health and NZ Rugby COVID-19 guidelines (see below) are followed, including restrictions on mass gathering, contact tracing and hygiene protocols.

New Zealand Rugby COVID-19 Guidelines: Alert Level 2.5

NZR has comprehensive Alert Level 2.5 guidelines in place for the Auckland region and these are available here.

New Zealand Rugby COVID-19 Guidelines: Alert Level 3 & Alert Level 2

NZR has comprehensive Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 guidelines in place for all levels of rugby below Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa and these are available here.

What you need to know:

  • There is no rugby in the Auckland region permitted under COVID-19 Alert Level 3
  • Rugby in the rest of New Zealand is permitted under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 by following Government and NZ Rugby guidelines.
  • Use personal water bottles.
  • Ensure rugby equipment is regularly cleaned.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Regularly wash hands.
  • Track where you have been.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines: health.govt.nz.

Clubs & Schools: COVID-19 Resources

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, all clubs and schools are required to have health and safety plans in place.

New Zealand Rugby has developed a range of COVID-19 resources for clubs and schools to help keep your communities healthy and safe.

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Contact Tracing

View the NZ Rugby Contact Tracing Guide for Rugby Clubs and Schools.

NZ Rugby Contact Tracing Guidelines
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Return to Training Guide

This guide will help Clubs and Schools develop a Training Health and Safety plan and support coaches and managers.

New Zealand Rugby COVID 19 Level 2 Training Guide 12 Aug 20
Clubrooms

Rugby Clubrooms Guide

This guide will help Rugby Clubs develop a Health and Safety plan for rugby clubrooms.

New Zealand Rugby COVID 19 Level 2 Clubroom Guide 12 Aug 20
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Rugby Changing Room Guide

This guide will help Clubs and Schools develop a Rugby Changing Room Health and Safety Guide.

New Zealand Rugby COVID 19 Level 2 Changing Rooms Guide 12 Aug 20
Hygiene Poster

Rugby Hygiene Poster

Download the NZ Rugby Hygiene poster for your school, clubrooms, changing rooms and facilities.

COVID-19 Hygiene Poster
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Match Operations

This Match Day Operations resource will assist with the running of rugby under COVID-19 requirements.

New Zealand Rugby COVID 19 Level 2 Match Day Guide 12 Aug 20