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Tasman Rugby Position With Regard to COVID-19

UPDATE: COVID-19 New Zealand Rugby club rugby participation

23 March 2020

The advice from NZ Rugby fully supported by TRU is to CANCEL all team and group-based rugby trainings, effective immediately, and to POSTPONE all Game Development Workshops including Rugby Smarts, Small Blacks, Coach and Referee workshops until further notice. 

The Tasman Rugby Union will endeavour to continue these workshops via Zoom Conferencing where applicable.

 Although these measures are not explicitly required by Government, these measures will help to minimise the risk of person to person transmission.


This position is to stay in effect until  further notice.

18 March 2020

The TRU and NZR would like to provide further clarification regarding the postponement of all club and community rugby until 18 April, effective immediately.

The postponement includes:
- All rugby matches - including Club, School (secondary and primary) Junior and Rippa
- All contact training

The postponement does NOT include:
- Meetings and workshops for less than 500 people.

Playing rugby and contact training involves close proximity which brings a high-risk level of spreading viruses.

Postponing Rugby is also about protecting our rugby spectators. We can’t limit the number of people who turn up to support their team and have no record of their attendance should we need to contact them regarding potential Covid-19 exposure.  

We emphasise there are no restrictions to holding meetings or workshops as long as the Ministry of Health’s guidelines are followed www.health.govt.nz.

However, there is also no compulsion to run these activities. If you don’t feel comfortable running or attending them then please do not do so.

The situation is ever changing. Please continue to check in with the New Zealand Rugby website www.newzealand.rugby  and New Zealand Rugby Official social media channels for updates, as well as with the communications channels of your Provincial Union and Club.

Decisions about attendance at any activity should be made with regard for the best interests of yourself, your whanau and your community.

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[17 March 2018] To our Tasman Rugby community:

The Tasman Rugby Union (TRU) in conjunction with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has suspended all club and community Rugby until Saturday, 18 April, effective immediately.

This includes all Rugby matches and Rippa tournaments.

All team-based activity will be adapted to comply with the limits the Ministry has set. This includes minimising person-to-person contact and maintaining hygiene standards including not sharing drink bottles, washing hands and regularly cleaning rugby equipment.

Although a difficult decision, it is important that we do this in the interests of the health of all rugby participants.

The well-being of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider New Zealand community is our top priority. And, while this will be disappointing for many, postponing rugby for the time being is in everyone’s best interests.

Rugby plays an important role in all communities and at this time of uncertainty the postponement of rugby matches allows everyone to pause and take care of themselves and their whanau. It also gives our TRU staff and local club organisers the opportunity to regroup, reschedule and determine how we can deliver meaningful competition when rugby resumes.

School rugby and junior club rugby competitions start in early May and are unaffected by the postponement at this stage. The Mitre 10 Cup scheduled for August through October is also unaffected by the postponement.

Given the situation with COVID-19 is constantly changing we continue to ask everyone involved in rugby to support one another and follow the official government guidelines, and we will also be reviewing activity daily bases on this advice

The TRU will continue to work with our clubs and stakeholders on measures to assist them during this challenging period. We’re mindful that this global heath-crisis is bigger than sport and the health and welfare of our communities remain our priority.

What you need to know about Community Rugby

  • All rugby matches are postponed until Saturday, 18 April
  • At this stage, full-contact training can resume from Monday, 13 April
  • Non-contact training activities can continue with sensible hygiene protocols observed
  • Use personal water bottles – don’t share with others
  • Ensure rugby equipment is regularly cleaned
  • Maintaining fitness is encouraged
  • Registering for rugby can continue online
  • Coach, referee and education activities can continue within Ministry of Health guidelines
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell
  • Regularly wash hands
  • School and junior club rugby commence after 18 April so are not included in this postponement
  • Follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines: www.health.govt.nz
  • Do what is best for you and your communities to keep them safe and healthy

What you need to know about Covid-19

  • Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a recently discovered coronavirus. It spreads via droplets from the nose or mouth expelled when a person with the disease coughs, sneezes or exhales. To avoid infection, people should stay at least a metre away from someone who has, or may have, the virus.
  • The viral incubation period, that is time between catching the virus and showing symptoms, ranges between 1-14 days.
  • The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. Some people become infected but don't develop symptoms or become unwell. 
  • To minimise the spread of infection, wash your hands thoroughly with an alcohol-based rub or soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and keep at least a metre away from other people coughing and sneezing.
  • People who have been in or transited through any country other than those in the Pacific islands or have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19, should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure or close contact. They should also register with Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • People who display symptoms should phone Healthline in the first instance - don't head straight to your doctor or medical centre.