In a world’s first, New Zealand Rugby fans will be allowed to gather for Super Rugby Aoteaoa games which start this weekend.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Monday that rugby fans will be allowed into stadiums to watch the opening weekend of its domestic rugby union competition after the country lifted virtually all coronavirus restrictions.

NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said the Government announcement was fantastic news for rugby.

“It is a testament to all New Zealanders that we are in a position to lift restrictions on mass gatherings and it’s a massive boost for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa,” he said.

“We’re incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sports competition in the world to be in a position to have our teams play in front of their fans again. It’s going to be a very special and unique competition and it’s fitting that New Zealanders now have a chance to be part of it.”

This comes after active cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country. The last case of the disease was reported on May 22. International borders will remain closed given the challenge of COVID-19 around the world.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden who made the announcement about going to Level 1 Alert

Super Rugby Aoteroa involves five teams in New Zealand i.e. Hurricanes, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, and the Blues, for whom All Blacks Legend Dan Carter just signed.

The world will be watching in much anticipation for what follows next for competitive rugby.

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