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New Zealand suspends rugby indefinitely due to COVID-19

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ByReuters
08/04/2020 at 04:24 | Updated 08/04/2020 at 04:26

April 8 (Reuters) - The suspension of club and community rugby in New Zealand has been extended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the sport's resumption now contingent on health ministry guidance, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Wednesday.

All matches, training and face-to-face education courses in New Zealand were initially suspended until April 18.

However, the governing body said providing a specific restart date was unrealistic given the nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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"We continue to monitor the situation and take advice from the government about when it will be safe for rugby and all sports to start," NZR said in a statement on its website https://www.nzrugby.co.nz/news-and-events/latest-news/postponement-of-community-rugby-in-line-with-alert-levels. "We will take our lead from the Ministry of Health."

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford )

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