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Covid close contacts: two rugby teams isolate in Q'town

Feb 10, 2022

Two Super Rugby Pacific teams are isolating in Queenstown due to close contact protocols.

New Zealand Rugby said the Moana Pasifika and Blues squads are now isolating in their respective hotels.

An unnamed member of the Blues, and his roommate, have as a precaution been isolated from the rest of the group in line with public health protocols. The team doctor is conducting a PCR test to supplement the twice-weekly Rapid Antigen Tests all teams are receiving.

A member of the wider Moana Pasifika squad has also been identified as a close contact. He is not in camp with the team and is awaiting a Covid test result. NZR will provide an update once that test result has been received.

Once the team members' test results are received, the Covid protocols will be revisited. 

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the six New Zealand-based Super Rugby clubs elected to move to Queenstown and operate in separate, controlled bubbles to mitigate the risk of a COVID close contact event or positive case side lining entire squads.

Chris Lendrum, General Manager Professional Rugby and Performance said:

"We always knew that, given just how transmissible Omicron is and how quickly it has swept the globe, it was a distinct possibility our teams could be affected, despite our efforts to relocate teams and the heightened protocols within our environments.

"We are working with public health officials to ensure we are minimising any risk of infection within the Super Rugby bubble and within the local community."

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