Changes to Bay of Plenty rugby matches

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The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union have announced changes to this weekend’s scheduled matches.

Some rugby matches have been cancelled and some will continue with strict level 2 restrictions in place.

“The New Zealand Government placed all of New Zealand (except Auckland alert level 3) into alert level 2 until midnight Friday August 14 2020,” says a Bay of Plenty Rugby Union spokesperson.

After consultation with representatives of New Zealand Rugby and members of the various competition committees across the region, the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union has announced that should we remain at alert level 2 on Saturday morning, the following will happen for this weekend’s scheduled matches:
Western Bay Junior Rugby:

  • U6 & U7 Bay Oval - Cancelled
  • U8-U10 Blake Park – Games will continue with strict level 2 restrictions in place: max of 1 parent/adult/guardian per playing child at any game, contact tracing is to be done by each team on each field as per their BOPRU Submitted and Approved Covid Plan – up to each team to record all players, coaches and spectators for their own team and keep that record available if required in the future, and all players, coaches and spectators must leave immediately after the game from Blake Park.
  • U11-U13 games at clubs – Games will continue with strict level 2 restrictions in place. Home teams to host.

Central Bay Junior Rugby:
All play at Westbrook Fields is cancelled this weekend.

Eastern Bay Junior Rugby:
All play at Whakatane Rugby Park is cancelled this weekend.

Baywide Secondary Schools Rugby:
Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools rugby will continue as normal this weekend, however, as per the Ministry of Education guidelines, there are no spectators, unless schools have a system to manage crowds of no more than 100 - including players, and team lists are collected for contact tracing.

“Please refer to your child’s school for clarification on whether they are able to have spectators or not.

“Parents will have to drop off their children at the gates and return to their cars until the completion of the match. All coaches and managers are responsible for executing contact tracing and hygiene protocols.”

Senior Club Rugby:
There are twelve senior clubs right across the Bay of Plenty region that are scheduled to host matches this weekend and all have advised that they are well prepared to follow their Covid-19 Safety Plans with regards to hosting home games under alert level 2 measures, with restrictions on crowd numbers.

Clubs hosting games must ensure they keep within the 100-person mass gathering restrictions, please click here for further information on Senior clubs allowing spectators.

Individual hosts will be responsible for the way in which they manage their venues, but they can’t do it alone.

Everyone has a part to play in ensuring these games this weekend go off without a hitch.

Please remember if you are a player or involved with a team:

  • If you’re sick or have flu like symptoms, STAY HOME. Don’t go to rugby this weekend.
  • If you’re going to attend a venue as a spectator, follow the wishes of the host club. Check in, use the hand sanitizer, avoid physical contact with people and stay 2 metres away from the person beside you.
  • If you attend a club room afterwards, only 100 people allowed! You must check in, use hand sanitizer, be seated and be served.


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