SANZAAR will suspend the Super Rugby season after round seven following New Zealand decision that it will quarantine all people entering the country for 14 days.
New Zealand imposed the travel restrictions with their aim being to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The directive means any team entering New Zealand will have to spend two weeks in quarantine. Teams also leaving the country would have to spend two weeks in quarantine upon returning home meaning the home scheduled will be affected.
SANZAAR have been forced to suspend the competition indefinitely.
“Following the recent New Zealand Government directive today, that all travellers returning to New Zealand will have to self-isolate on their arrival for 14 days – including New Zealand residents – SANZAAR is now reviewing the full impact on the Super Rugby tournament,” the statement read.
“The tournament is seven rounds into its 18 round regular season.
“SANZAAR will not be making any official comment on the tournament and the future staging of the remaining matches at this point in time.
“SANZAAR will issue a statement on the full impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its impact on Super Rugby 2020 once the Executive Committee has determined an appropriate course of action and all stakeholders have been informed.”
Six Nations has also been postponed.