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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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