Uncertainty around COVID Alert Levels has forced the abandonment of the Counties Manukau Secondary Schools Rugby competition for 2021.
With the continued uncertainty of when the wider Auckland Region will drop down Alert levels and Return to Play protocols, which mean rugby is only permitted at Level 2 (requiring periods of training before any contact can be allowed) and the considerations that the Union is now faced with entering Representative and 7s rugby season, the tough decision has been made to end the remainder of the season.
The Counties Manukau Rugby Union and Counties Manukau Secondary Schools Executive Committee have determined the outcome for their rugby competitions in 2021
CMRFU would like to acknowledge the school teams who were leading the points table as at the conclusion of the season:
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your efforts over the season,” CMRFU said in a release to the schools.
“The opportunity to bring some of our school teams home has been a bonus for our competitions and community in supporting local talent. The competitions have allowed exciting challenges moving forward into 2022 and beyond for our schools. When COVID-19 Alert Levels allow, we will hold our end of season secondary schools meeting where your input can be tabled.
“We believe that it is important that we acknowledge the efforts and achievements of all. While this news will be disappointing given the timing, the health and safety of all participants is imperative.
Counties Manukau Rugby wish to pass on their appreciation to all players, coaches, families, and volunteers this season and thank the community as a whole for your ongoing support and passion towards Secondary schools rugby.
Looking ahead, we look forward to finish the 2021 year strong with the hopes of Rugby 7s, Representative campaigns, Club of origin, PAC 7s and Junior tournament week which all provide “opportunities for our secondary schools.”
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