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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 2 & Alert Level 1

COVID-19 Update, 24 September 2020: Currently the Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 1. 

Community Rugby at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, rugby activity in Auckland can take place if Ministry of Health and NZ Rugby COVID-19 guidelines (see below) are followed, including restrictions on mass gathering, contact tracing and hygiene protocols.

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 2: Wellsford Rugby Football Club and Tomarata Rugby Club.

**Only Counties Manukau Rugby Union clubs based in the Auckland region are at Alert Level 2.

Community Rugby at COVID-19 Alert Level 1

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, all rugby activity can proceed as per normal but you should continue to focus on good hygiene measures and display a QR code where needed. If you are organising an event, tournament or match, you should keep in mind that alert levels could change at any time, and you may have to modify the format, postpone or cancel depending on the situation.

New Zealand Rugby COVID-19 Guidelines: Alert Level 2

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

COVID-19 Level 2 Match Day Guide
COVID-19 Level 2 Return to Changing Rooms Guide
COVID-19 Level 2 Return to Clubroom Guide
COVID-19 Level 2 Return to Training Requirements

What you need to know:

  • Rugby in Auckland 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.
  • It's recommended to wear a face mask on public transport and where appropriate.
  • 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