Farah Palmer Cup start pushed back to September

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The 2020 Farah Palmer Cup has been rescheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 5, New Zealand Rugby confirms.

The new draw pushes the competition start-date out two weeks, but still allows for teams to complete a full schedule of matches with the final to be played on the last weekend of October.

NZR’s Head of Women’s Rugby Cate Sexton says it's pleasing to have the updated draw confirmed so teams could adjust preparations, but stressed it's still dependent on Government announcements on COVID-19 levels.

“A number of options were presented to Provincial Unions and they worked collaboratively and promptly to agree on this outcome.

“This give our teams some certainty in the preparations over the next few weeks and, depending on what happens with Alert Levels, we hope the Auckland-based teams will be able to train together again soon."

North Harbour, Auckland and Counties Manukau are currently unable to train under COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions, which are in place through to at least August 26.

NZR continues to work with Provincial Unions on specific COVID-19 protocols and restrictions to ensure the competition can go ahead if some regions are in Level 2.

The Bay of Plenty Volcanix now have a BYE in the first week of the competition, and will officially kick off their 2020 Farah Palmer Cup season on Friday, September 11, against North Harbour in a double header game with the Mitre 10 Cup teams.

They then head home in week three to play in front of a home crowd at the Rotorua International Stadium against Waikato in their second double header game with the Steamers.

Click here to view the 2020 Farah Palmer Cup draw.

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