Due to the ongoing safety concerns regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, Wellington Rugby regret to advise that all community rugby has been suspended for four weeks, effective immediately.
This means the postponement of the start of the club rugby season this Saturday 21 March, with all club rugby now re-scheduled to begin on Saturday 18 April. Contact training will resume from Monday 13 April.
These dates are subject to change if required.
Community rugby activity includes the playing of all games, tournaments, trainings and contact trainings; as well as WRFU-led face to face rugby education (coaching) courses. We will be forwarding NZR's guidance on this directive later this evening.
The restrictions do not prevent clubs from operating on their facilities, with NZR and WRFU urging clubs to adhere to Ministry of Health regulations in this regard; these include:
- Staying away from the club if you are experiencing flu like symptoms
- Regularly washing hands with soap (recommended) or an antibacterial wash
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Bringing and using personal drink bottles (not sharing)
- Limiting spitting
- Cleaning surfaces regularly (e.g. hit shields, balls etc).
We appreciate this is an unprecedented step being taken for community rugby; however, this decision has been made solely with the safety and wellbeing of our participants, families and the wider community in mind.
Wellington Rugby is in constant dialogue with NZR and the Ministry of Health about the developing situation and will proactively keep clubs updated with the latest information.
In terms of club competitions, management is already advanced in terms of contingency plans to consider the various format options and will disclose these to clubs in due course.