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

New Zealand Rugby has developed Return to Rugby Requirements which apply to all levels of Rugby in New Zealand below Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa.

The New Zealand Rugby Return to Rugby Requirements below are consistent with Sport NZ's return to sport guidelines.

Currently New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and all community and club rugby will begin to follow the three stages of preparation outlined below.

Phase 1: Prepare to Train - Phase ended 25 May

No organised rugby training or match activity will occur during this phase.

Rugby clubs work with their Provincial Unions to develop Health and Safety plans in four key areas: Training, Changing Rooms, Clubrooms and Match Days.

Below you will find helpful guides to develop these plans and implement Contact Tracing.

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

Teams can resume pre-season training if Clubs have had health and safety plans approved by their local Provincial Union.

25 May to 29 May (12pm) training must follow the Government guidelines of no more than 10 people in a bubble.

29 May (12pm) the government will allow gatherings of up to 100.

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

To meet Government COVID-19 guidelines and New Zealand Rugby's Return to Rugby Requirements, all rugby clubs will need to develop a health and safety plan in four key priority areas: trainings, changing rooms, club rooms and
match days.

Below you will find helpful guides and resources to developing health and safety plans. Provincial Unions can also provide support and are also required to approve all plans before clubs begin training.

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Return to Rugby Requirements

View the detailed COVID-19 Level 2 Return to Rugby Requirements which apply to all levels of Rugby, except for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa.

NZ Rugby Return to Rugby Requirements
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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.