New Zealand confirm North v South is on but with a major change

Super Rugby - Aotearoa
by Harrison Wakeling

New Zealand Rugby's much anticipated North v South clash has had its new kick off today confirmed, however, the match will be without spectators.

Following a second outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand, the match, which was initially scheduled for 29 August at Eden Park has been moved to 5 September at Sky Stadium.

The renewed kick-off time and venue comes following the New Zealand Government announcement on COVID-19 Alert Levels.

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With Auckland remaining at level three, Wellington's Sky Stadium has become the new host of the fixture with the city being lowered level two restrictions.

In another blow to the fixture, the Governments level two guidelines also mean the match will be played without a live audience.

 

 

New Zealand Rugby's General Manager of Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said: "We're delighted that the match can go ahead in Wellington, but obviously it's a shame that it'll have to be played without fans in the stands."

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However, they did understand and support the government's recommendation around crowds while also acknowledging the support of the matches Auckland fanbase who were expected to fill the stadium.

The North and South squads will assemble in Wellington on Monday to prepare for the match with the fixture kicking off on 5 September.