NZ border meets Super Rugby, A-Leagues, NBL | Augusta-Margaret River Mail
The New Zealand government’s decision to ban Australians and foreigners well into 2022 has made sports laws wrong on both sides of the Tasmanian Land.
The Super Rugby Pacific game faces a makeover as the New Zealand Breakers and A-Leagues NBL’s two Wellington Phoenix teams face another all-Australian campaign.
On Wednesday, Jacinda Ardern’s government released a long-awaited timetable for dismantling the hard border and quarantine on arrival.
Starting January 17, kiwis in Australia can skip quarantine in favor of self-isolation.
From April 30th, Australians and other foreigners can do the same.
However, the seven-day self-isolation obligation remains – even for New Zealand citizens – which makes many sporting competitions impracticable.
The changes also mean that the ODI Women’s Cricket World Cup, which will be held in March, will be closed to foreign fans.
The government is not planning any exemptions for sports teams until there are health recommendations that support it.
Deputy Prime Minister and Sports Secretary Grant Robertson said the government’s commitment to a seven-day isolation period was firm.
“Of course I want the super rugby competition to take place, but we are always guided by the health advice,” he said.
“The advice of the Ministry of Health was consistently not to shorten the isolation time.
“So if sports teams use (self-isolation) it will take the same amount of time.”
A Rugby NZ spokesman said the organization was “digesting” the changes, while a Phoenix spokesman was optimistic.
“The Phoenix are examining what today’s government announcement means for the club to bring its men’s and women’s teams home,” the spokesman said.
“The Phoenix is one of several teams / sports that are talking to Sport New Zealand about border restrictions and are hoping to play in New Zealand this season.”
The decision will not affect the Warriors, who have already committed to spending the NRL campaign in Australia in 2022 to avoid any uncertainty.
Australian Associated Press