NZR Update: COVID-19 Community Rugby Participation in New Zealand

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) continues to monitor Government’s COVID-19 updates and Alert Level changes with a view to how they will impact club, school and community rugby.

While the New Zealand Government’s decision to move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 is a positive step we need to remain vigilant in the fight against the global pandemic. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 all club, school and community rugby remains postponed.

This postponement includes trainings, workshops and the closure of rugby clubs. We know people are eager to be back on the grass, but the well-being of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and our wider New Zealand community is the top priority.

NZR continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand on Return to Rugby protocols for the 2020 season. We are presently working through what rugby activity can occur under Alert Level 2 and we will provide more guidance on this as soon as possible.

For a return to rugby, we will take our lead from the Ministry of Health in determining when COVID-19 Alert Levels are once again at a safe level for sport.

We thank the rugby community for following Government advice to stay home and playing their part to protect New Zealanders. Maintaining mental and physical fitness is encouraged as we continue to prepare for the return of rugby. For helpful ideas, tips and resources visit

This is a challenging time for everyone and it’s important to keep in touch with your teammates, whanau and loved ones. For advice on how you can tackle the tough times visit

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