The Auckland-based players involved in the North-South rugby game may be left at home with the Health Minister saying he hasn’t given any exemptions for them to travel to Wellington.

However with Auckland in Alert Level 3 until at least 26 August the game remains in doubt and New Zealand Rugby has been looking at contingency plans.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said they were hopeful the match could still be played in Auckland but were preparing for it to be played in the capital on the same day.

The squads are scheduled to assemble in Wellington on Monday.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins said he hasn’t received any requests for the 13 Auckland and North Harbour based players to be given special clearance to leave the region.

He added that no exemptions have been given for the Auckland based players to assemble in Wellington with the North and South squads.

Hipkins said he hasn’t given assurances to NZR that the players will be able to leave Auckland.

He said he would expect either himself or the Director General of Health to be involved in the decision making process and he’s not aware that either of them have been.

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