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.

Current COVID-19 Alert Levels in New Zealand

COVID-19 Alert System Update: 27 February 2021

As of 6.00am on 28 February 2021 the Auckland region will enter COVID-19 Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand will enter COVID-19 Alert Level 2. 

NZR COVID-19 Guidelines:

Alert Level 3

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 3, no rugby activity is allowed, including training, matches and workshops. Please continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines, stay home in your bubbles and practice good hygeine. 

This applies to all North Harbour Rugby Union, Auckland Rugby Union, Counties Manukau Rugby Union** clubs, festivals, tournaments, and schools. 

*The following Northland Rugby Union clubs are in the Auckland region and are at Alert Level 3: Wellsford Rugby Football Club and Tomarata Rugby Club. 

**Only Counties Manukau Rugby Union clubs based in the Auckland region are at Alert Level 3. 

Alert Level 2

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, all rugby activity in the rest of New Zealand (other than those in the Auckland Region) can continue if Ministry of Health and NZR COVID-19 guidelines are followed, including restrictions on mass gatherings, contact tracing and hygiene protocols. 

Individual Provincial Unions will determine whether those guidelines are able to be met for this weekend’s rugby and will communicate directly with their respective clubs and schools. 

NZR has comprehensive Alert Level 2 guidelines in place for all levels of rugby below Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa and these are available further down this page for those outside of the Auckland region: 

What you need to know:

  • At COVID-19 Alert Level 3, no rugby activity can take place.
  • Rugby in the rest of New Zealand outside of the Auckland region is permitted under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 by following Government and NZR guidelines. 
  • Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2, all clubs and schools in the rest of New Zealand outside of the Auckland region are required to have health and safety plans in place. 
  • Use personal water bottles.
  • Ensure rugby equipment is regularly cleaned.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Regularly wash hands.
  • Track where you have been using the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Tracer app. Every facility and training venue must ensure that they have a QR code poster for the facility displayed in a prominent place at or near the main entrances.
  • You must wear a face covering on public transport across New Zealand. It is recommended you consider wearing a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know. 
  • Follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines:


NZR will continue to work closely with Government and provide updates as soon as possible as anything changes. We continue to ask everyone involved in rugby to support one another and follow the official health guidelines.

Provincial Unions, clubs, schools and rugby providers are encouraged to make decisions that are best for your communities and prioritise health and safety.

For more information on COVID-19  and official Government guidelines please visit

Resources for Clubs & Schools

Please find COVID-19 resources for clubs and schools below to help keep your communities healthy and safe during COVID-19 Alert Level 2.