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Rugby In The Bay Takes Another Step Closer To Kicking Off

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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We’ve taken another step closer to playing rugby in the Bay of Plenty.  The winter sports window for community rugby in the Bay of Plenty region can now officially take place between Saturday 6th June and Saturday 3rd October 2020.  
Bay of Plenty Rugby, along with other regional sports representatives from Basketball, Rugby League, Football, Netball, Hockey, Volleyball, Athletics, Tennis and Badminton worked alongside Tauranga City Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Whakatane District Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Kawerau District Council to co-design winter and summer seasons so that all sports could operate in the post covid-19 lockdown period.
As our clubs and schools start assembling teams and preparing their Covid-19 Safety Plans, they can also start thinking about what sort of competitions they wish to participate in.
Community Rugby Manager Pat Rae comments, “Congratulations needs to go to Zane Jensen at Sports Bay of Plenty for leading this project.  In difficult times, he stood up to lead all of our regional sports managers to work collaboratively on this important piece of work with all six councils.  One of the positive aspects of this virus was to see the winter and summer codes working together for the benefit of all our players, both young and young at heart.”
Rae further comments, “During the darker times we were wondering whether we would get any rugby played.  Now we have a window.  How good is that?  The final piece in the puzzle is start dates and right now that’s still up in the air.  With the NZ Govt to review the size of gatherings on Monday 25th May, New Zealand Rugby have already stated that no trainings or games can take place before then, but we are getting closer every day.”
For more information on this topic, please contact:
Pat Rae, Community Rugby Manager, Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
pat@boprugby.co.nz | 029 487 8429

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