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Community Rugby Update 25th August – Secondary School Rugby

On Monday, the Government announced that Auckland would remain at Alert Level 4 until at least midnight on Tuesday the 31st of August.

With the uncertainty of what lies ahead, along with the Return to Play protocols which mean rugby is only permissible at Level 2 and require periods of training before any contact can be allowed, the decision has been made to cancel the Grade Rugby season. A decision on 1st XV Rugby: Boys’ 1A, 1B, and 1C and Girls’ 1st XV, will be made next week.

While this news will be disappointing, the health and safety of all participants is imperative. Auckland Rugby wishes to pass on their thanks to all players, coaches, families, and volunteers for what has been a very successful 2021 Secondary School Rugby Season. Auckland Rugby would like to thank the whole community for your ongoing support and passion towards providing positive experiences for all our Secondary School players.


With the cancellation of 85 events during the Winter Tournament Week window, we appreciate and share the disappointment that all schools, families, and students will be feeling. We would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all those who make these such special occasions in the lives of Rangatahi. To have it taken away, for a second successive year, is a cruel blow.

Sport provides us with many lessons, to learn how nothing comes without hard work, to lead and be a part of a team, to be resilient, to win with humility and move on from losses. It is vitally important that we look out for each other at this time, acknowledge our shared loss, and reset our goals.

School Sport NZ will continue to assess events currently scheduled on the calendar of events as appropriate and as Government provide updates to alert level protocols. The health and safety of all New Zealander’s must be the primary consideration as we move through this period of uncertainty

Keep safe and fingers crossed that we will get an opportunity to conclude our winter sport seasons across the country.