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Rugby and Netball hit by Covid-19 restrictions

Source: RNZ

Sunday’s finale to Super Rugby Aotearoa is in doubt with Auckland returning to Covid-19 Alert Level 3.

Blues players celebrate fullback Matt Duffie's try.
Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Government annnounced Tuesday night that Auckland will return to Alert Level 3 at midday Wednesday, following the discovery of four positive cases of Covid-19 in one South Auckland family.

The rest of the country will move into Alert Level 2.

The Government said at this stage Alert Level 3 would finish at midnight Friday.

While the Crusaders had already been awarded the title, their game against the Blues at Eden Park on Sunday was a sell out.

If Auckland stays in Alert Level 3, the game would not be able to be played, while if the Alert Level dropped to 2 before then, it could be played without spectators.

The other game in the final round is between the Highlanders and Hurricanes in Dunedin and at this stage that game could be played without spectators.

New Zealand Rugby sent out a brief statement on Tuesday night.

“NZR is currently assessing the impact on rugby following the Government announcement that Auckland will tomorrow move to Covid-19 Level 3 and the rest of the country to Level 2.

“NZR is in close and constant dialogue with Government and a further update will be given tomorrow.”

Kalifa McCollin shoots. Southern Steel v Northern Mystics. ANZ Premiership Netball. ILT Stadium, Invercargill Friday, 7th August 2020. © Copyright image by Clare Toia-Bailey / www.photosport.nz
Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

The penultimate weekend of the ANZ Netball Premiership will also be affected this weekend with the Auckland derby between the Mystics and Stars on Friday night likely to be called off.

The Mystics are also scheduled to host the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic on Saturday, while there are games scheduled for Dunedin on Sunday and Wellington on Sunday and Monday.

The play-offs are scheduled for Invercargil on Sunday Ausgust 23.

No community sport will be possible under Alert Level 3, however it is possible for groups up to 100 under Alert Level 2.

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