The Blues will get back to what they do best when training resumes on Monday, looking towards the start of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa in one month’s time.
We are certainly proud and privileged that Super Rugby will be the first rugby competition in the world back on the field, although we also understand the important to get things right. The health authorities, Sport New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby and our own medical and team staff have spent many hours of discussion around the plans and protocols of what our game looks like currently under Covid-19 Level 2 and to the future.
We are taking this very seriously and have put in in place sound systems to be able to train and keep as safe as possible.
Training will look different next week. The playing group will form their own bubble away from the front office staff and much of the Blues HQ offices. They will form two groups, health-checked individually each day on arrival, and split into smaller pods to allow for training in the gym which requires sanitisation after each session. The on-field training will also be in these smaller groups split into morning and afternoon sessions. Team and group meetings will remain remote on zoom and players will carry out their individual video review work at home.
We are also under no illusions that this Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa competition is going to be arguably the toughest 10 weeks we have faced. To play eight derby games in 10 weeks is a tough schedule but it will produce some incredible rugby and the Blues are excited by this challenge.
We know our Blues team have been working hard individually throughout lockdown – and we will test that with a tough Bronco test when they return so we can check. From then we begin a tough four weeks of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa pre-season.
Keep an eye on our social channels for the inside view of the boys at training.
Bring it on.