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.

Return to Rugby

Currently New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 1 and all community and club rugby will begin without restrictions.

Rugby is currently in Phase 3: Play

Please Note: Clubs, schools and community rugby providers are encouraged to contact trace and promote strong personal hygiene measures.

Phase 1: Prepare to Train - Phase ended 25 May

Phase 2: Prepare to Play from 25 May to 19 June

All Trainings, Clubrooms, Changing Rooms, Workshops and Pre-Season Matches can operate without restrictions.

13 June pre-season matches may be played.

Phase 3: Play from 20 June

20 June competition fixtures can begin.

Clubs & Schools: COVID-19 Resources

New Zealand's move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 means that Rugby can return without restrictions and clubs are not required to develop a health and safety plans.

Should you wish to develop a health and safety plan for your club then the below guides and resources will help guide the process.

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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 Return to Training Health and Safety plan and support coaches and managers.

New Zealand Rugby Return to Training Guide

Rugby Clubrooms Guide

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

New Zealand Rugby Return to Clubroom Guide
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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 Return to Changing Rooms Guide
Hygiene Poster

Rugby Hygiene Poster

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

COVID-19 Hygiene Poster

Match Operations

NZ Rugby will be providing a Match Day Operations resource from 25 May 2020 to assist with the running of rugby under COVID-19 requirements. This will be available to clubs and schools through their Provincial Union.