Moana Pasifika’s first round match against the Blues was postponed when the squad was forced into isolation at their Queenstown hotel on Wednesday 9 February after members of their group tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.
The first cohort of Moana Pasifika players and management were approved by New Zealand Public Health to leave isolation today and resume training.
The revised draw for Round 2 is:
- Friday 25 February – 19:05 NZT – Highlanders v Crusaders – Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin
- Saturday 26 February – 19:05 NZT – Blues v Hurricanes – Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin
- Sunday 27 February – 15:35 NZT – Chiefs v Moana Pasifika – Queenstown Recreation Reserve (Wakatipu Rugby Club)
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) will continue to work with Moana Pasifika to ensure players have adequate time to safely prepare for their rescheduled match against the Chiefs. Player safety and wellbeing will be the number one priority as the team returns to training.
Moana Pasifika’s Round 2 match against the Chiefs, which was originally scheduled to be played in Dunedin at 7.05pm on Friday, 25 February, will now be played two days later in Queenstown, with a 3.35pm kick-off time.
NZR General Manager Professional Rugby and Performance Chris Lendrum said:
“It is great to see Moana Pasifika coming out of isolation and the squad continue to follow all health advice as they return to training. We are not able to discuss details of Moana Pasifika’s COVID cases but the new schedule for Round 2 provides Moana Pasifika with the best possible opportunity to prepare for a return to play.
“We are also continuing to work with our joint venture partners Rugby Australia, and our broadcasters to reschedule the postponed first round match between the Blues and Moana Pasifika and will make an announcement in due course.”
The revised Round 2 schedule also means the Highlanders v Crusaders has moved forward 24 hours, while the Blues v Hurricanes match also shifts forward one day, with a change of venue and kick-off time, from 3:35pm in Queenstown, to 7.05pm in Dunedin.
The 2022 Chiefs v Moana Pasifika starts on Feb 27, 2022.
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Gallagher Chiefs to face Moana Pasifika:
1. Ollie Norris
2. Bradley Slater
3. Sione Mafileo
4. Laghlan McWhannell**
5. Brodie Retallick
6. Luke Jacobson
7. Sam Cane (cc)
8. Pita Gus Sowakula
9. Xavier Roe
10. Josh Ioane*
11. Jonah Lowe
12. Quinn Tupaea
13. Alex Nankivell
14. Shaun Stevenson
15. Emoni Narawa*
16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (50th Match)
17. Atu Moli
18. Angus Ta’avao
19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi
20. Kaylum Boshier
22. Bryn Gatland
23. Chase Tiatia