As we are in phase 1 of the return to rugby plan please find attached the following documents in preparation for our to return to Rugby.


The below documents are the New Zealand Rugby’s Return to Rugby plan:


  • Contact Tracing Guidelines  for Rugby Clubs

The document will assist clubs in what contact tracing looks like and how clubs can implement it.


  • Return to Rugby Requirements

This document was circulated earlier and covers the NZ Rugby plan to Return to play safely with the three phase plan


  • Level 2 Return to Changing Room guide

Safety plan for our members for using Changing rooms


  • Level 2 Return to Clubroom guide

Safety plan for our members and visitors using your clubrooms


  • Level 2 return to Training guide

Safety plan for our members during trainings


2020 _NZR_RTR_Requirements

NZR Contact Tracing Guidelines for Rugby Clubs

Level 2 Return to Changing Rooms Guide

Return to Clubroom Guide

Level 2 Return to Training Guide


Return to Rugby

New Zealand Rugby has developed Return to Rugby Requirements which apply to all levels of Rugby in New Zealand below Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa.

The New Zealand Rugby Return to Rugby Requirements below are consistent with Sport NZ’s return to sport guidelines.

Currently New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and all community and club rugby will begin to follow the three stages of preparation outlined below.

Phase 1: Prepare to Train – Phase ended 25 May

No organised rugby training or match activity will occur during this phase.

Rugby clubs work with their Provincial Unions to develop Health and Safety plans in four key areas: Training, Changing Rooms, Clubrooms and Match Days.

Below you will find helpful guides to develop these plans and implement Contact Tracing.

Phase 2: Prepare to Play from 25 May to 19 June

Teams can resume pre-season training if Clubs have had health and safety plans approved by their local Provincial Union.

25 May to 29 May (12pm) training must follow the Government guidelines of no more than 10 people in a bubble.

29 May (12pm) the government will allow gatherings of 100.

13 June pre-season matches may be played.

Phase 3: Play from 20 June

20 June competition fixtures can begin.