The Super Rugby club of New Zealand continues to work hard to overcome the influence of Covid-19 announced by the New Zealand government in this weekend's Super Rugby Aotearoa games.
In Auckland, Covid-19 raised to level three at noon today, whereas the remaining of the Country Covid-19 increased at level two. The restrictions were implemented until midnight on Friday, August 14.
In the Super Rugby Aotearoa final round, two matches are planned to be held this weekend. The Highlanders will play with the Hurricanes on Saturday evening at the Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Blues Vs Crusaders match will take place at Eden Park on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs have the bye this weekend.
According to the current situation, the Blues Vs Crusaders game cannot be played as the Auckland is at level 3, and the Highlanders Vs Hurricanes game at level 2 may be greatly restricted in terms of crowd attendance.
Chris Lendrum, General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance at NZR said, “All of our decisions are guided by the government recommendations. Therefore, we will wait to see whether there are any changes to the alert levels this weekend in Auckland and across the country.
We are all waiting with interest for the next government update.
At the same time, we are developing a cautious contingency plan around playing the Highlanders Vs Hurricanes game with large crowd restrictions. As mentioned earlier, we will also wait for further government updates and the potential impact on the Blues Vs Crusaders match.
Lendrum said: We know that there is a lot of fear and uncertainty, and we thank everyone, especially the ticket holders for their understanding and patience when we deal with these complex and rapidly changing issues.
All further updates and changes to the competition will be communicated in due course.