Tue, 26 May 2020
The Counties Manukau Rugby Union has today welcomed the Government’s decision to increase the mass gathering limit from 10 to 100 people from Friday but said it was important clubs continued to adhere to health and safety protocols.
Clubs who are planning to train this week are reminded that until midday on Friday, any organised activity must continue to stick to the 10-person rule before the limitations no longer apply.
All clubs have been provided return to training protocols which were produced in consultation with New Zealand Rugby. These are available to download below along with copies of other applicable health and safety documents.
“There’s no question yesterday’s announcement is another giant leap in the right direction for getting our game back up and running in the community,” CMRU general manager Aaron Lawton said.
“All things going well, we are expecting to have premier rugby competitions starting on June 20 while junior rugby is likely to start from July 25.
“It’s exciting but it’s also important we all follow the health and safety protocols that have been put together to ensure everyone stays safe.”
The Union’s Council of Delegates will be meeting in the coming days to confirm the format of premier rugby competitions and all draws will be disseminated as soon as possible.
Likewise, the Junior Management Board are meeting on Wednesday, May 27 to finalise plans for the return of junior rugby. A decision is also expected soon on when junior rugby teams will be able to return to action.
As preparations ramp up for the return of club rugby, Auckland company Fluid Chemicals NZ have joined forces with the Union to help our clubs keep their people safe.
In the coming days, all 16 active clubs in the Counties Manukau region will be gifted with significant sanitiser packages to ensure their players and premises comply with the Government’s health and safety regulations once they open.
Included in each club pack are the following products courtesy of Fluid Chemicals:
CMRFU rugby and operations manager Dale Tucker said it was exciting to have club rugby returning but that the safety of all people involved was the Union’s No 1 priority.
“We are very pleased to have joined forces with the team at Fluid Chemicals in order to help our clubs out during these tough economic times,” Tucker said.
“We can’t wait to have rugby back in our region and we know our clubs and our community feel the same way.
“Now it’s just about making sure all the robust health and safety plans we have developed with NZ Rugby are put in place.”
The club-specific sanitiser packs are now at Navigation Homes Stadium and club delegates can contact Annette Tossell E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 027 227 9729 to arrange pick up.
For any clubs wishing to purchase additional sanitising products, please contact Layne Shepherd at Fluid Chemicals on Layne Shepherd E: email@example.com
Aaron Lawton, General Manager Counties Manukau Rugby.
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