Highlander and Chiefs will kick off New Zealand’s revised Super Rugby Aotearoa In June.
New Zealand cabinet has announced shift moved to level two restrictions as regards Coronavirus containment. This has allowed Super Rugby teams to return to full training ahead of June kickoff of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The five teams i.e Blues, Chiefs, Highlanders, Hurricanes and Crusaders will play each other twice in a 10-week competition.
For the time being, all matches will be played behind closed doors (without crowds) until the government advises otherwise.
Away teams will travel on chartered flights, arriving and departing on the same day, and will be taken by bus directly between the airport and match venue for games.
NZR CEO Mark Robinson said the teams would be doing everything to ensure a safe resumption.
“The thought of five world-class Kiwi teams battling it out in 20 matches over 10 weeks should put a smile back on the faces of many people. I know our players are excited and I’m sure rugby fans will be as well.”
“Medical and operational staff across NZR, the Players’ Association and the clubs have been working together to ensure we have detailed plans in place to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.”
NZR Medical Manager Karen Rasmussen said they would not be leaving anything to chance.
“A major factor will be ensuring we control who enters the team bubbles and that we have necessary measures in place to mitigate against any risk to the health of all team members, as well as the health of their families and the wider community,” said Rasmussen.
“Team members will be asked to minimise their contacts outside of the team environment and their family bubbles.”
That is where competitive rugby stands as the world waits on a lasting solution for Coronavirus.