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Hugs, rugby on agenda as New Zealand continues to ease lockdown

Super Rugby in New Zealand is poised to resume when the country relaxes its Covid-19 lockdown, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday, with bars, retailers and schools also set to open. Ardern is due to announce next Monday whether New Zealand will move to ‘Alert Level 2’, which allows significantly more freedom than Kiwis have experienced since lockdown began in late March. While she stressed no decision had yet been made, Ardern acknowledged New Zealand’s success in containing the virus had put it in a good position to cautiously relax…

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New Zealand Rugby unveils Super Rugby Aotearoa with professional sport poised to restart next week

New Zealand could approve the restart of professional sport as early as next week when authorities decide whether to ease coronavirus restrictions further, the sport ministry said on Thursday. Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson said professional sports would be able to resume domestically when the country lowers its COVID-19 alert level down a notch. New Zealand is to decide on Monday whether the country will move from ‘Level 3’ to ‘Level 2’. “Moving to Alert Level 2 continues to expand the opportunities for sport and recreation and reintroduces the…

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We could be watching Super Rugby from New Zealand as soon as next month

NEW ZEALAND’S FIVE Super Rugby teams are set to kick-off a domestic championship next month in which they will each play each other home and away behind closed doors. The Crusaders, Blues, Highlanders, Chiefs and Hurricanes are close to a return to collective training as New Zealand’s government gets ready to announce an easing of Covid-19 restrictions to ‘alert level two.’ That would allow New Zealand’s professional rugby sides to begin preparing for the new ‘Super Rugby Aotearoa’ competition, with the NZR saying that players will need three to four…

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The Breakdown | ‘Now or never’ for game to reboot, warns former World Rugby director | Sport | The Guardian

There is a line in The Plague, the novel by Albert Camus now enjoying a revival, that still chimes. “Officialdom can never cope with something really catastrophic: what they are short of is imagination.” As sport plots the slow route back to action, initially behind closed doors, it has the chance to chart a new way forward, not least rugby union, whose hand-to-mouth existence has been exposed. World Rugby has been hit this month by election fever, with Bill Beaumont being challenged for the chairmanship by Agustín Pichot – but…

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What are the Best boots for 2020

What are the Best Rugby Boots this year Rugby as we all know is a physical sport. Players do not wear helmets or pads and they are required to be in a good physical condition throughout the playing season, because the game demands strength and a lot of running. But many love playing the sport because it is very fun ,challenging and physical. This famous English sport is played by two teams with up to 15 players each. Each of the team carries, passes or kicks the ball to the…

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