South Canterbury senior rugby clubs confident club competition will go ahead
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Craig Calder said clubs are confident they can field teams for the upcoming senior club rugby championships. (File photo)
South Canterbury rugby clubs are confident they can field teams for the upcoming competition despite some players falling ill to Covid-19, South Canterbury Rugby Football Union’s chief executive says..
Craig Calder said last Tuesday, teams voted unanimously to go ahead with the 12-week senior club ruby championship, due to kick off on April 2, unless there was a “massive swing” in the number of cases among players.
“There are isolated cases across the senior clubs. Some were affected worse than others,” Calder said.
“We have contingency plans in place if some teams can’t play. There are plans for three scenarios. It’s business as usual for us.”
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Calder said a cautious approach had been taken and clubs had been consulted.
Covid-19 case numbers among players is not increasing, and the clubs are confident they can field teams, he said.
The games will follow Covid-19 red light protocols, he said.
Geraldine Rugby Football Club captain Gideon Snow said about 15 players had Covid-19 about two weeks ago, but all had recovered.
“We’re trying to get back to match fitness,” Snow said.
“It was hard to put anything together. The players missed a couple of training sessions because of it, but we got through.’’
Snow said it was hard to organise a team structure with just eight players.
Players also did a bit of online homework as well, he said.
“But physically being there and training was hard.’’
Temuka Rugby Football Club captain Karlie Triggs said several family members of players had Covid-19 but the players themselves were safe.
“I don’t think its affected us in any way,” Triggs said.
She said ‘’a 100 per cent effort’’ goes into training and players are getting back into a normal routine with weekend club games.