PIC Steelers and Counties Power Heat seasons remain on hold

Despite the likelihood that Auckland will remain in COVID Alert Level 4 for potentially another two weeks, CMRFU CEO Aaron Lawton says his organisation is committed to participating in the remaining matches of both the Farah Palmer Cup and NPC competitions.

The current lockdown means the PIC Steelers could be sidelined for sometime, while the Counties Power Heat are waiting to play their final regular season game against Waikato.

Lawton said New Zealand Rugby was working hard to look at how the competitions could continue once parts of the country are back at Alert Level 2.

“Obviously it’s extra challenging for us being in the Auckland region as we are likely to be in lockdown for a bit longer than the rest of the country,” he said.

“But we certainly haven’t given up hope of having our two flagship teams back on the grass again once the COVID situation improves.

“We are expecting to have a bit more direction from NZR on this next week and will be sure to let our rugby community know as soon as there is more to add. But we remain confident that as long as the Alert Levels drop in the coming weeks, both the PIC Steelers and Counties Power Heat will be able to resume their provincial rugby campaigns.”