Rugby and the Covid Protection Framework
The Covid Protection Framework (CPF) is in place to keep New Zealand a safe place to live as we navigate the Covid-19 Pandemic. This means we can participate in and watch rugby, but there are a number of measures in place under the CPF that we need to follow so that it can go ahead safely, and minimise the risk of Covid-19.
New Zealand Rugby, along with Sport NZ have produced guidelines for Rugby which align with the CPF. These guidelines cover all aspects, including training, changing rooms, match days, and clubrooms.
On this page you will find support for developing your own club or school's match day plan, a template which can be used to create this, plus links to supporting documentation from New Zealand Rugby.
UPDATE 23 MARCH - The recent government announcement has changes which come into effect from Friday night, 25th March. Once more guidance is provided from Sport NZ and NZ Rugby, we will update our templates and information. For games prior to 4th April 2022, the following can be considered:
Creating Your Covid-19 Safety Plan
Under the RED setting of the Covid Protection Framework, no match (regardless of grade) can happen without an approved Covid-19 Health & Safety Plan. BOPRU can provide support when completing this plan. Please take note of the following:
What your plan needs to cover...
Please see the New Zealand Rugby links above, along with the BOPRU Covid-19 Safety Planner Template for full details of what your plan requires. But in a nutshell, it needs to outline the following:
Planning Support WorkshopHosted Online - Wednesday 16th March
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This workshop takes you through a step-by-step guide to the planning template, highlighting areas of importance, along with showing a real-life example of a Covid Safety plan in action. Includes questions from our clubs and schools.
COACHES & MANAGERS
Coaches and Managers are often at the heart of rugby "logistics", usually having some part in the setup on match day.
If you are a coach or manager, it is not sufficient for someone at your club or school to just create a Covid plan and you not know the detail. There are elements woven through the plan which require the input and leadership of coaches and managers. Players and spectators will often look up to you for leadership and guidance. Be involved with the creation and implementation of your Covid plan, and take it seriously.
Demonstrate best practise by wearing masks, keeping people distanced where possible, hold pre-match talks outside. All little things which make a big difference.
Match Officials have a critical role in ensuring the safety of everyone, not just on the field, but also with the way in which they interact with people. Most Match Officials attend more than one game on a Saturday, so it is important to use common sense and follow some additional measures to keep themselves and others safe, reducing the risk of infection crossing from one game to another.
Are you returning to play after having caught Covid-19? Whether you suffered moderate to severe symptoms, or if you just ended up with a sniffle, your body needs the proper care and time to recondition to full rugby activity. Below is a useful guide to returning to training and play following a Covid-19 infection, courtesy of our friends at The Coaching Gig.
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