COVID19 - Return To Play

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Manawatū Rugby's Return to Play - COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic has tipped life on its head in the past months, including playing rugby in our corner of the world. 

This page is designed to give the rugby community of Manawatu up-to-date information on a return to rugby in Manawatu.


Return to Rugby

Following the Government announcement on Monday 25th May 2020 and further advice from NZ Rugby the following applies: 

  • We can now move into the Prepare to Play phase and so teams may resume training from today (26th May 2020) provided that all Level 2 requirements for contact tracing, hygiene and social distancing (including the 10-person training bubble) are met. 
  • From Friday, training bubbles will increase to up to 100, and all other Level 2 requirements will remain in place. 


Manawatū has adopted New Zealand Rugby's three-stage approach to returning to the field with a target of competition being able to kick off from June 20.

Three-staged approach for return to rugby

New Zealand Rugby's Return to Rugby Requirements

New Zealand Rugby's Return to Training Requirements

Clubroom Checklist

Changing room checklist



MRU offices & the Rugby Performance Centre based at Central Energy Trust Arena

MRU staff and players will be back at work at the RPC and offices once the country drops down to Alert Level 2.

Given that both sites are either inside or next to Central Energy Trust Arena, the stadium operators will oversee the contact tracing. Under Alert 2 (and when we move to Alert Level 1) there will only be one entry point into Central Energy Trust Arena.

  • Gate 1 will be the only entry point
  • Gate 1 will have a security person for the entire day, starting from 8am through to 5pm

If you are visiting the RPC during the above times please access the facility from the back entrance by walk down the gravel road next to field 3 once you are inside the venue.

Visitors (under Alert Level 2)

Only visitors who have a specific reason (ie meeting with MRU personnel) will be allowed into the facility. Please ensure these people have appointments with you and they are made aware and follow contact tracing and hygiene processes.

Visitors (under Alert Level 1)

We are more relaxed as to the visitors that can enter our workplace but they must still follow contact tracing and hygiene processes.

Facility hygiene processes:

Continue hygiene protocols (no handshakes or physical contact, wash hand frequently using hand sanitiser/paper towels, clean equipment frequently)

Apply common sense at all times.


Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund 

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund available for clubs

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund Fact Sheet

Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund FAQ 


Helpful Documents:

Detailed COVID 19 Alert Levels

Sport NZ -  Sport and Recreation at Level 2 


For more in-depth information about COVID-19 click of the links below:

NZ Rugby

Sport NZ

Ministry of Health