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Fans are unsure when provincial rugby will return.
New Zealand Rugby says its three domestic competitions, as well as community rugby, will be suspended until some or all of the country’s coveted 19 Alerts reach level 2.
In a statement, NZR says it is working with its provincial unions to determine how. Restart and complete the NPC safely., Farah Palmer Cup. And as the Heartland Championship season approaches, the country is developing at an alert level.
Provincial rugby has been on hold for two weeks. Due to Nationwide Alert Level 4 restrictions. The NPC and FPC have 10 and four rounds of competition left, respectively, while the Heartland Championship remains.
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Outside of Auckland and Northland, the rest of New Zealand will move to the bottom 3 on Wednesday, with some areas expected to drop to level 2 next week, although this has not been confirmed.
Steve Lancaster, NZR’s general manager for community rugby, said it was difficult to predict when the competitions would resume, but contingency planning was ongoing.
“Our goal is to get our teams back on the field as soon as possible and our competitions are resuming, but we will not compromise on the safety and well-being of our players or the fans. And the patient is appealing to the audience, “Lancaster said.
“We can’t predict when the alert level will change, but we are preparing ourselves for the ability to be in a position to play rugby safely in some areas but not in others.” If so, we are capable of playing rugby.
“We have some venues to play Bonings NPC, FPC and Heartland Championship matches at the end of the year, and we can move on in November to complete the competition.”
As it stands, the NPC final is scheduled for October 23, with players receiving four weeks off before pre-season super rugby training, usually starting in December.
“We certainly don’t know what that date is,” Lancaster told Stuff last week when asked if the NPC could end on November 28. As he did last year.
Lancaster has warned that a return to the game under Level 2 alert will not happen immediately.
“The well-being of the players is paramount, and our teams will need the proper lead to physically prepare before taking the field, so we will include that in our protocol.”
While the competition is on hold, name rights sponsor Bunnings Warehouse has announced that 20 grassroots rugby clubs from across New Zealand will receive a 300,000 share to upgrade their facilities.