Super City Series Update

19 Oct 2021

Super City Series unable to go ahead for three Auckland based teams

NZR has made the difficult, but ultimately necessary decision to end our season for 2021 by confirming they are halting all progress on and therefore not facilitating the Super City Series as originally planned. This news is truly heart breaking for us as a union, especially so for our NPC players and management.

Although our NPC men no longer have a competition to work towards, we are continuing our training program in small bubbles of 10. It’s important to NHRU that our men continue to have the opportunity to grow as players, showcase their abilities and ultimately stay in contention for Super Rugby contracts. We believe continuing our training program will allow them to do that. An invitation has also been extended to our FPC women and development program to join in these trainings.

Alex King, NHRUs Head of Performance, has put a huge amount of work into keeping our men match fit over this lockdown period and his hard work will continue with this next block of training. King makes the following comment. “Obviously guttered to not be involved any further with the NPC competition, but it must be commended the efforts of the group should not be overlooked with how hard this group of men have worked over this lockdown and we stay ready for what comes next for a large proportion of these athletes. Stay tuned for future Super Rugby player announcements”

See below the full media release from New Zealand Rugby (NZR)

Super City Series unable to go ahead for three Auckland based teams

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed the Auckland based Bunnings Warehouse NPC teams will not be able to return to competitive rugby in 2021, following Monday’s government announcement that the Auckland region will continue to operate under current COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions, for the next two weeks.

This also includes confirmation that the proposed Super City series which had been contemplated as an alternative means of playing meaningful rugby for North Harbour, Auckland and Counties Manukau, will not go ahead.

Steve Lancaster, NZR General Manager of Community Rugby said the ongoing inability of teams to train together meant there was not enough preparation time for players to safely return to full contact rugby in 2021:

“It is disappointing we couldn’t put up a Super City Series for Auckland, North Harbour and Counties Manukau, while it would have been great to provide some meaningful rugby for the region it wasn’t feasible with the current Alert Level restrictions in place for the next two weeks.”

“We needed players to be able to prepare for return to play this week to kick off the series so it could be completed before the end of November. We have reached this decision in consultation with the three affected teams and while we are all incredibly frustrated, we are looking forward to what we hope will be a more positive season for them in 2022.”

The Bunnings Warehouse NPC is building toward an exciting conclusion with the remaining 11 Provincial Unions vying for a place in the semi-finals and finals, which will be played on the weekend’s of 13 and 20 November respectively.

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