NZR has announced the dates for matches that were postponed due to the impact of COVID-19 in recent weeks
As Super Rugby Pacific in New Zealand prepares for the return of crowds this weekend, teams and fans can now also plan with certainty for the next few weeks with New Zealand Rugby today (NZR) confirming dates and venues for four previously postponed matches.
To accommodate these four matches Super Rugby Pacific has had to make two further changes to the match schedule for New Zealand-based matches. There are no changes to Australian-based matches.
The rescheduled Super Rugby Pacific matches are as follows:
Sunday, 3 April: Hurricanes v Chiefs, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 3.35pm
[Postponed from RD 5]
Friday, 8 April: Highlanders v Moana Pasifika, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 7.05pm [Postponed from RD 5]
Saturday, 9 April: Hurricanes v Crusaders, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 4.35pm [Moved from Friday 8 April]
Tuesday, 12 April: Hurricanes v Moana Pasifika, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7.05pm [Postponed from RD 4]
Friday, 15 April: Crusaders v Blues, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, 7.05pm [Postponed from RD 5]
Saturday, 16 April: Chiefs v Moana Pasifika, FMG Stadium, Waikato, 4.35pm [Moved from Friday 15 April]
NZR General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said: “Confirmation of these matches provides certainty for our players, coaches, fans and venues as we make a welcome shift into something close to normal transmission. We will welcome fans back into our stadiums over the next week and now we can also celebrate confirmation of a full draw.”
Lendrum said player welfare was front of mind in rescheduling the matches postponed due to COVID: “We believe we’ve landed in a good place and all six New Zealand-based teams have remained committed to ensuring all matches are played. Although the teams have lost their scheduled bye rounds through rounds 7 to 9, those rest periods have been compensated by the weeks off created by the postponements. Our clubs were united in wanting to play all of their matches, compete hard for competition points and ultimately playoff berths. They were also confident they could manage their squads through the balance of the competition to ensure players were in peak form for the finals."
“Moana Pasifika has, unfortunately, been most impacted with two Tuesday-Saturday match weeks, but to this point have also played the least rugby with just two matches and I know the club can’t wait to get some more regular game time in their inaugural season in Super Rugby Pacific.”
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