The Hurricanes confirmed the fixture will be hosted behind closed doors at Eden Park , Auckland on Sunday, with a 1pm kick-off. The game is being live broadcast.
The Hurricanes and Blues Super Rugby Pacific pre-season match has been shifted to the capital as community cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant continue to climb.
The Blues announced the relocation from Auckland to Wellington late on Wednesday, saying the move occurred to minimise risk.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at Eden Park , Auckland at 12:30pm on Sunday. The Blues take on the Hurricanes in a Sunday afternoon fixture at Eden Park. This game is against one of our strongest rivals, on the last weekend of daylight savings, which is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family. Come and show your passion and support!
— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) February 4, 2022
Super Rugby Pacific Round 6 NZ Schedule
|19 February 2022||Blues v Fijian Drua||Eden Park, Auckland|
|27 February 2022||Hurricanes v Blues||AAMI Park, Melbourne|
|05 March 2022||Blues v Chiefs||Eden Park, Auckland|
|11 March 2022||Highlanders v Blues||Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei|
|20 March 2022||Crusaders v Blues||Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch|
|27 March 2022||Blues v Highlanders||Eden Park, Auckland|
|02 April 2022||Blues v Moana Pasifika||Eden Park, Auckland|
|09 April 2022||Blues v Chiefs||FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton|
|23 April 2022||Fijian Drua v Blues||HBF Park, Perth|
|30 April 2022||Blues v Western Force||Eden Park, Auckland|
|6 May 2022||Blues v Melbourne Rebels||Eden Park, Auckland|
|14 May 2022||Queensland Reds v Blues||Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland|
|21 May 2022||Blues v Brumbies||Eden Park, Auckland|
|28 May 2022||NSW Waratahs v Blues||GIO Stadium, Canberra|
Super Rugby Pacific to start season in Queenstown bubble
Aotearoa’s six Super Rugby Pacific teams will begin the season by relocating to Queenstown to create a Covid-19 competition bubble, New Zealand Rugby has announced.
NZR said in a statement Wednesday afternoon the Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes and Moana Pasifika will all converge on Queenstown this weekend to play the opening three or four rounds of the competition.
“Under current Covid-19 regulations it would only take one positive case entering a squad environment to shut down an entire squad for 10 days. The knock-on effect for the rest of the competition would be the postponement or cancellation of matches,” NZR’s Chris Lendrum said.
“By moving the teams to a secure hub, we believe we have a good chance of preventing a Covid-19 infection, or close contact event, side-lining one of our teams for a prolonged period. The plan is currently for the teams to move to Queenstown early next week and remain in Queenstown for the opening three weeks of the competition.”
The Blues, Hurricanes, Moana Pasifika, and Chiefs will fly to Queenstown on charter flights, while the Crusaders and Highlanders will bus south over the coming weekend.