The North versus South inter-island rugby match will go ahead in Wellington afterall but there will be no crowd.
The match was initially scheduled for this Saturday at Eden Park but New Zealand Rugby pushed the date back by a week due to Auckland being at Alert Level 3.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has now confirmed it will be played at Sky Stadium on Saturday week but there will be no spectators as Wellington will still be at alert level two.
NZR’s Chris Lendrum said while it’s a shame there will be no fans they’re fully supportive and understanding of the government’s health and safety recommendations regarding Covid-19.
“We feel for the Auckland fans who were set to fill Eden Park in their tens of thousands. If we have that same response from fans watching the match on TV, then it will be a huge audience tuning in on Sky,” Lendrum said.
The two squads will assemble in Wellington on Monday to prepare for the match.
Meanwhile, the Farah Palmer Cup and Mitre 10 Cup provincial competitions will go ahead as scheduled, with the Farah Palmer Cup kicking off on Saturday 5 September and the Mitre 10 Cup the following weekend.