New Zealand Rugby’s highly-anticipated North vs South Rugby fixture could be moved from Auckland to Wellington according to fresh comments by head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum And in another blow the start of the women’s provincial Farah Palmer Cup has been delayed.
As it stands, Auckland will remain in alert Level 3 until midnight Wednesday, August 26; three days before the scheduled inter-Island match at Eden Park.
In the professional world, three days is not nearly enough for new-look teams to assemble, train and prepare and Lendrum says a decision will have to be made in the coming five days.
However, he is confident his team can roll with whatever outcome they decide on, including a possible shift to Wellington’s Sky Stadium.
“It’s mind-blowing actually, when you sit down and think about all of the things that go into organising a match but we’ve got fantastic organisational people across rugby in New Zealand and we’re used to doing things quickly.
“Yes it’s a possibility that it goes to Wellington or elsewhere, absolutely.
“Clearly, all we know at the moment is that the Auckland region is at Level 3 which doesn’t allow is to train or play rugby until probably the 26th and that’s only three days before kickoff; so if we were to remain at alert Level 3 in Auckland beyond that date then clearly we couldn’t play the game.”
However, the possibility of moving the match out of Auckland leaves questions as to whether players and support staff within New Zealand’s largest city would be excluded from taking part.