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Full Crowds Allowed As Rugby Set For Return In New Zealand

Full Crowds Allowed As Rugby Set For Return In New Zealand

Full stadiums will be allowed when rugby resumes in New Zealand this weekend.

New Zealand Rugby made the confirmation after the country's government announced it would be lifting all Covid-19 restrictions on mass gathering.

"It is a testament to all New Zealanders that we are in a position to lift restrictions on mass gatherings and it’s a massive boost for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa," said NZR CEO Mark Robinson.

We’re incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sports competition in the world to be in a position to have our teams play in front of their fans again. It’s going to be a very special and unique competition and it’s fitting that New Zealanders now have a chance to be part of it.

Super Rugby Aotearoa will be a 10-week competition featuring all five New Zealand Super Rugby sides. Those are the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders.

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There will be two games each weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

The first game will be played on June 13th when the Highlanders face the Chiefs in Dunedin. The Blues face the Hurricanes in Auckland on the following day.

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