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CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

I will not dwell on the last three months other than to say while we are very excited to have the community game back this weekend with the Marlborough Sub Union and UC Cup 1st XV competitions starting this weekend and the Nelson senior clubs, Division 2 and the Women’s competitions starting on the 27th.

Community rugby to kick off without restrictions

Level 1 now allows community rugby to return without restrictions. Clubs, schools and community rugby providers are encouraged to continue to implement contact tracing measures and hygiene protocols throughout Alert Level 1. Anyone feeling sick should stay away from all rugby activity.

Rugby begins preparation phase for return of community game

Rugby clubs around the country can start a three-stage approach to getting back on the grass with training potentially beginning later this month.

Today’s (13 May) announcement from New Zealand Rugby (NZR) follows the Government’s confirmation that community sport can resume with certain hygiene and distancing measures in place during COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

June 13 return for Club rugby is possible

A meeting to discuss pans for the season will take place on Tuesday night, with an eye to returning to play by June 13 for premier and possibly Division Two club rugby. Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Tony Lewis said work was underway to establish return to play guidelines and event management at the region's grounds, while working with clubs to "work out the best systems" following health guidelines for level two.

Marlborough legend Alan Sutherland has passed away

Allan Sutherland, the Marlborough Red Devil and All Blacks legend, passed away in South Africa age 76. The TRU extends its condolences to his family including TRU President Ramon Sutherland. Rest in Peace.

Tasman boss hopes for rugby return in 2020

TRU chief executive Tony Lewis is confident community and NPC rugby will be played in 2020. Although all sport in New Zealand has been locked down for a month, moving into at least two more weeks of level three constraint, the Tasman boss says indications, at this stage anyway, point to the possibility of play resuming within the next few months.

Changes to 2020 representative rugby

To help secure the future of the sport, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Provincial Unions
have today cancelled all provincial representative rugby tournaments below the Mitre
10 Cup and Farah Palmer Cup.

Tasman Rugby Position With Regard to COVID-19

With regard to rugby participation, Tasman Rugby, as with the NZR, continue to be guided by Government and Ministry of Health (MoH) advice. Please refer to this link for updates.

Tasman Trophy Rd 1 match reports

Marist 32 drew with Kahurangi 32,
Waimea Old Boys 55 def Stoke 20,
Wanderers def Nelson 14,
Renwick 40 def Waitohi 22,
Central 57 def Moutere 27.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The 2020 Tasman Trophy is here, the best senior rugby competition in the South Island and even Wellington. This March we have had a number of our premier teams travel to Wellington or Wellington teams come to the region and we have seen dominant displays by our sides. This competition every year produces new Mako players.