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.