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    NZ Super Rugby to welcome crowds back immediately - coronavirus restrictions over

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    New Zealand's Super Rugby competition will kick off its opening round in front of crowds this weekend, generating further hype about the sport's return.

    Key points:
    • The domestic competition has been set up as a temporary replacement for Super Rugby
    • The Vietnamese football competition is the only other league to welcome back crowds so far
    • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has previously said the government would work with stadiums to create a "COVID code"


    The NZ government announced its nationwide alert system would relax to "level one" at midnight on Monday, allowing mass gatherings to take place.

    With no restrictions on crowd size, there is the possibility of sold-out grandstands when the Highlanders host the Chiefs in Dunedin on Saturday and the Blues face the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Sunday in the first round of Super Rugby Aotearoa matches.

    The competition has been set up as a temporary replacement for the international Super Rugby tournament, which is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


    NZ Super Rugby to welcome crowds back immediately following ending of domestic coronavirus restrictions - ABC News
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    Brilliant! Can't wait, sick of league already.

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    Super Rugby Aotearoa set for sell-out return in New Zealand amidst rule changes

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    Super Rugby is set to make its return in front of a sell-out crowd this weekend in New Zealand as officials introduce rule changes to the sport.

    Key points:
    • The Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Blues and Hurricanes has sold out, with more than 42,000 fans expected at Eden Park
    • Fans are allowed in New Zealand after mass gatherings were given the go-ahead on Monday
    • Domestic Super Rugby competitions in Australia and New Zealand will experiment with rule changes


    The Blues announced on Saturday that its match on Sunday against the Hurricanes at Auckland's Eden Park had sold out.

    With 42,000 tickets sold, it will be the biggest Super Rugby crowd in Auckland since the same two sides met in 2005.

    Saturday's match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs at the 22,800-capacity Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin is also expected to come close to a sell-out, with 20,000 tickets sold as of Saturday morning ahead of a 7:05pm local time kick off.

    Super Rugby Aotearoa set for sell-out return in New Zealand amidst rule changes - ABC News

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    On soon actually...11:30

    I'm not going to watch live, have people coming over later so will watch then.

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    Stoked to see Super Rugby back. The comp should be entertaining with Blues, Chiefs, Canes, and Crusaders all looking formidable and the Highlanders capable of knocking off any team on any given weekend.

    Go the mighty Crusaders!

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    I stand corrected, 1:30, rescheduled now crowds are allowed back

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    Halftime and Highlanders 22 - 16 Chiefs.

    Super Rugby!!

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    Wow! What a finish! Great start to Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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    ....and I do hope that they remain cautious with safety protocols in mind.

    After the incredible effort the Kiwis did in containing and whatnot.
    Yet, remembering that it's still out there - active and mutated as ever.

    All that in place - go for it.
    NZ and rugby are like blood kin.


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    I did notice the lack of face masks in the crowd. If it were me I would have been masked up.

    Wearing a mask has become second nature now as being without one in public could mean a 1,000﷼ (USD$268) fine.

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    Reds v Tahs game was alright. Tahs fought back and took the lead, but the Reds came back and snatched in the end. Gotta say Phil Kearns grinds some listeners, but I'm ok with him commenting on the game.

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    Reds? Did they set up a bubble with Australia then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Reds v Tahs game was alright. Tahs fought back and took the lead, but the Reds came back and snatched in the end.
    The Reds haven't won that clash for ages, so nice to see a change to the norm.

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    I've adopted a NZ Rugby Team.

    Why ... because their (old) Jersey is similar to the Club I used to play League for.

    My Mob will be the Christchurch Crusaders


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    the highs.v crus.that could be another cracker.today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    The Reds haven't won that clash for ages, so nice to see a change to the norm.

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    I've adopted a NZ Rugby Team.

    Why ... because their (old) Jersey is similar to the Club I used to play League for.

    My Mob will be the Christchurch Crusaders


    You have just adopted a bunch of cow spanking sheep shaggers. I hate the c.unts!


    Good footie team though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    You have just adopted a bunch of cow spanking sheep shaggers. I hate the c.unts!
    Go the mighty Crusaders!

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    sheep shaggers LEAVE us out of it.

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    Crusaders unstoppable in the second half, 41-20 over the Highlanders.

    How good is Will Jordan? WOW!

    Crusaders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Crusaders unstoppable in the second half, 41-20 over the Highlanders.

    How good is Will Jordan? WOW!

    Crusaders!
    cracking game again,just the same as last weeks.second half brilliance,what farm do they breed these guys.

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    starting now,chiefs v canes with chiefs on a roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    starting now,chiefs v canes with chiefs on a roll.
    Here's a few links to the game. Just refresh if the frame freezes.

    http://www.sportstream.live/en/playe.../5f014ba2d17bf

    http://www.sportstream.live/en/playe.../5f014c0c96a31

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    Here's a question for you Rugby aficionados ... are there any Aussies/UK/SA/other players currently playing in your current comp?

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    I do not rate D Mac... just feels like he’s seconds away from a massive cock up every time he touches the ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Here's a question for you Rugby aficionados ... are there any Aussies/UK/SA/other players currently playing in your current comp?
    A sprinkling in the Kiwi teams... Hurricanes winger is from SA and Marchant (sp?) for the Blues is a capped England player

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