Richie Mounga in a past training session. Photovourtesy.

All Blacks star Richie Mo’unga explains breach of lockdown rules


New Zealand flyhalf Richie Mo’unga has stated their presence at Crusader’s training bases which is against the lockdown rules unplanned for.

Mo’unga and a group of teammates were filmed on Monday at the teams training ground and according to the Super Rugby winner, it was just coincidental that they found themselves in one location.

Through a video, he explains that there was no communication before the session and he got to the Park at a time when his teammates were still there. He also admits talking and throwing the ball to his teammates in the period he was at the park.

“I just want to speak about what happened and clear a few things up. Some things that I think are important to know and also some things that was forgot [sic] to be mentioned on the news last night,”

“I want to start off by saying this was not an organised training. There were no communications beforehand saying that we should train in this park together. It was by coincidence that I rocked up and they were there training.

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“In fact, they were there just finishing up their session. My local park is that local park and our training schedules are the same so we run on the same days. It just so happened to be it was the same time.”

“As I arrived I [talked] to the boys from afar, asking how they were and got ready for my running session. As I had finished one of my running sessions, the ball had been kicked over and instinctively I went and picked the ball up and threw it back to them”

“I will say that was the only interaction I had with them apart from talking to them. It was something that was so instinctive for me to do – to pick the ball up and throw it back to them. I didn’t think twice about it. It was something that happened fast.

“It’s something that I’ve learnt that even [though it was] my natural instincts, it’s something I need to be more careful of and I will be more careful of.”

Solitary training is allowed in New Zealand while interacting with people outside of one’s self-isolation bubble is not allowed.

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