Now it’s getting clear that the much-anticipated North v South Island rugby match by New Zealand was delayed Friday, this occurred after health authorities declined to let the rugby players tour from locked-down Auckland.
New Zealand Rugby asserted that in addition to five assistance staff, 14 Auckland-based players were vetoed from fleeing from the city because of the coronavirus constraints. Although squads were scheduled to convene in Wellington on Monday that’s ahead of the August 29 faucet.
As a result of this, the New Zealand Rugby suspended the match for a week now and scheduled to the 5th of September.
What Professional Rugby Head of New Zealand Chis Lendrum said?
Chris Lendrum professional rugby head of New Zealand said in front of mic that they are unhappy because the game can’t go on at this phase next week, but in spite of that they comprehend and honour the government’s decision.
In addition to this, he said there’s one more decision yet to be made on. That’s whether the scheduled match going to be played in Auckland, as planned originally, or can be played in Wellington.
If we look out the updates and reports, Auckland is presently in lockdown phase as New Zealand’s heftiest city endeavors to encompass another wave of the deadly coronavirus infections that halted with a speck of a total 102 days, most importantly without community transmission nationwide.
What says the Government?
It’s said by the authorities that Restrictions are due to be alleviated successive week, and in regard of this Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there are motivating indications that the clump of COVID-19 cases is now under control.
Well, Good news might take some time because the New Zealand government is all set to stand out with a final judgment on Monday, that’s whether to proceed with the lockdown or not. Moreover, New Zealand Rugby announced it would postpone until then to select the most anticipated match venue.
When first the two teams faced-off?
If we look into history, the North-South match was first played in the year 1897. And more of that it was once among the extensively expected and hard appealed matches in the New Zealand rugby calendar to date.
In 1995, It chops down of favor after the beginning of professionalism in but rescues this year. This recovery took place after New Zealand’s home Test schedule was hurled into chaos by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.