COVID-19 and Return to Rugby

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the sport we all love. Here you will find all the information players, referees, coaches, clubs, schools and Provincial Unions need to know on the return to rugby and what we're doing to keep everyone safe.

Current COVID-19 Alert Levels in New Zealand

COVID-19 Alert System Status

Currently the whole of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.

NZR COVID-19 Guidelines:

Alert Level 1

Under COVID-19 Alert Level 1, all rugby activity can continue as normal. Please continue to practice good hygiene protocols, stay home if you're sick, and sign in using the COVID-19 Tracer App.

What you need to know:

  • At COVID-19 Alert Level 1, rugby activity can continue as normal.
  • Use personal water bottles.
  • Ensure rugby equipment is regularly cleaned.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Regularly wash hands.
  • Track where you have been using the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Tracer app. Every facility and training venue must ensure that they have a QR code poster for the facility displayed in a prominent place at or near the main entrances.
  • You must wear a face covering on public transport across New Zealand. It is recommended you consider wearing a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance from people you do not know. 
  • Follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines:


NZR will continue to work closely with Government and provide updates as soon as possible as anything changes. We continue to ask everyone involved in rugby to support one another and follow the official health guidelines.

Provincial Unions, clubs, schools and rugby providers are encouraged to make decisions that are best for your communities and prioritise health and safety.

For more information on COVID-19  and official Government guidelines please visit

Resources for Clubs & Schools

Please find COVID-19 resources for clubs and schools below to help keep your communities healthy and safe during COVID-19 Alert Level 1.