Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Monday Apr 6, 2020

Crusaders stars caught training despite strict lockdown protocols

Crusaders stars caught training despite strict lockdown protocols

The Super Rugby champion Crusaders have been forced to apologise after several members of their squad were spied flouting New Zealand’s isolation rules.

ADVERTISEMENT

All Blacks five-eighth Richie Mo’unga was the only player identified among a group passing and kicking a ball to each other at a Christchurch park on Monday.

Photographs of the players emerged on social media and the Crusaders confirmed they had breached their own rules around individual training during the coronavirus lockdown. Under the country’s strict controls, households have to stay within their own “bubble” and maintain social distancing from others.

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge said he had reprimanded the players involved, who reside in three different bubbles.

“They shouldn’t have been at the same location,” Mansbridge told Newshub.

“It wasn’t planned and they should know better. I have spoken to those involved, and will reinforce that again tonight.”

UPDATE: The Crusaders have issued another statement:

ADVERTISEMENT

The Crusaders are aware of some of our players training at Malvern Park in Christchurch today.

Management have spoken with the players involved, all of whom live within walking distance of Malvern Park. The club is confident this was not an organised training session among the group, but rather one group of flatmates training in their ‘bubble’ who were coincidentally joined by a second group.

Meanwhile, one player completed running blocks individually. While these players made a conscious effort to observe physical distancing, they did share equipment by throwing and kicking a rugby ball among themselves.

Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said:

ADVERTISEMENT

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a time when our community needs to work together and look after one another, and our players are social leaders in that regard.

“The guidelines from the New Zealand Government are clear, and all of the players involved have acknowledged they made a mistake by sharing equipment. I am confident, I know there wasn’t a conscious effort to flout the rules, but this is a timely and valuable lesson for all. We have reiterated the guidelines to both the group directly involved, and our wider Crusaders squad to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

WATCH: ISOLATION NATION

Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another...

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The time Sivivatu dominated an All Blacks trial ahead of 2005 B&I Lions tour

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 23 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Huge brawl blows up in dugouts during 1999 Wales Test in Buenos Aires

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Liam Williams suspended despite on field protestations

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Kyle Sinkler banned for going full John McEnroe at referee

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 8 HOURS AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Highlights and reaction to Saracens shock defeat to Championship regulars Ealing

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Zebo slams Folau over potential return to rugby union

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Steve Thompson's heartbreaking interview which shocked World Rugby in December

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel Owens refereeing montage

View All

Amateur

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Crusaders stars caught training despite strict lockdown protocols | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos