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All rugby in New Zealand this weekend cancelled or postponed

Lonely rugby posts. See below for the status of all rugby in New Zealand.

Wednesday:

  • Premier 1 Schoolgirls Final: St Mary’s College v Wainuiomata High School, Porirua Park 7:30pm
  • Premier 2 Schoolgirls: Bishop Viard College Paraparaumu College, Porirua Park, 6:00pm
  • U15 Development Schoolgirls: St Mary’s College v Aotea Kotiro, Porirua Park, 4.30pm and Mana College v Porirua College, Mana 1, 4.00pm.

Saturday: 

  • College Sport Wellington remaining lower grade finals (Premier 2, U15s etc, St Pat’s Silverstream, kick-off times TBC
  • U85kg National Knockout Cup match Avalon v MSP, Hutt Rec 12.30pm.
  • Wellington Māori v Wellington Samoans, Hutt Rec, 2.30pm
  • Wellington Pride v Auckland Storm, Porirua Park, 2.30pm
  • Hurricanes Heartland U20s v Wellington U19s, Bill Brown Park, Palmerston North, 1.00pm
  • Hawke’s Bay Saracens v Wellington Centurions, Tremain Field, Napier, 1.00pm

Sunday:

  • College Sport Wellington Premiership First XV final. Scots College v St Pat’s Silverstream, 2.40pm.
  • Wellington Lions v Manawatu Turbos, NPC round 3 and Coronation Cup, Palmerston North, 4.35pm.

National Provincial Championship, Farah Palmer Cup (FPC) and Heartland Championship matches, as well as all community and school rugby this weekend has been cancelled or postponed, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today.

The next rounds of the NPC, FPC and Heartland Championship will be rescheduled to be played at a later date in the competition. No community rugby is to be played at any level however Provincial Unions and their local organising bodies will determine whether those matches are cancelled or postponed.

The Government announced on Tuesday 17 August that Auckland and Coromandel will remain at Alert Level 4 for a period of seven days, while the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 4 for a period of three days.

NZR General Manager Community Rugby Steve Lancaster said the decision had been made in consultation with Provincial Unions and the Players’ Association in the interests of wider public safety due to the latest COVID-19 community outbreak.

“Although it could be possible to play competitions and matches outside of Auckland and Coromandel if the COVID Alert Levels fell to Level 2 before Saturday, with level 4 restrictions not being lifted until midnight Friday at the earliest, we believe the responsible decision is to make an early call and keep people away from our fields and venues this weekend.

“We understand this decision will be disappointing for some of our stakeholders but are confident the rugby community will once again act in unity to play our part in keeping Aotearoa safe.”

NZR’s decision means Round 3 of the Bunnings Warehouse NPC, the opening round of the Bunnings Warehouse Heartland Championship, and Rounds 6 and 7 of the FPC Championship and Premiership respectively, will now be played at a later date in the competition.

Rescheduled match timings will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Lancaster said NZR would review the status of all competitions beyond this weekend after the Government’s next COVID update on Friday 20 August.

“Like all New Zealanders we will be guided by the Government and health authorities over the next seven days.”

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