Super Rugby under threat as New Zealand impose self-isolation directive

The 2020 Super Rugby season hangs in the balance after New Zealand instructed visitors to self-isolate upon arrival to the country.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause havoc in the sporting world and more to follow after an announcement from the New Zealand government that all travellers entering the country from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days after arrival from Sunday night.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the restrictions will be reviewed in 16 days and there will be more advice for self-isolation next week.

On Friday, Super Rugby said that it would be carrying on with fixtures as usual. The Jaguares, though, will play their fixtures without spectators on the advice of the country’s government.

The self-isolation directive, though, could impact the calendar with at least six games featuring Kiwi teams will not be able to go ahead in the next four rounds of competition.

There have been no announcements or comment from Super Rugby bosses on how they plan to proceed.

Starting with Round 8,  The Highlanders won’t be able to honour their fixture against the Lions in Dunedin as they would have just returned from South Africa. The Blues also won’t be able to host the Brumbies arriving from Australia.

In Round 9, the Hurricanes vs the Bulls could be impacted while the Chiefs vs Bulls in Hamilton could be affected in Round 10.

Super Rugby declined to comment to New Zealand media on Saturday morning.

As the global outbreak of COVID-19 continues, we will be publishing – and updating – a series of articles looking at how the pandemic is impacting various sporting events. You can find all the updates on the impact of the coronavirus on various sporting events around the world here.

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