Sunday’s season-ending game between the Blues and Crusaders at Auckland’s 50,000-capacity Eden Park stadium was “officially off”, a statement said, after New Zealand extended its lockdown of the city. The Highlanders v Hurricanes match in Dunedin on Saturday was declared off-limits to fans and brought forward by four hours to allow the visiting team to fly out on the same day, to limit interaction.
An outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand's largest city has affected the last round of matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa. Sunday's scheduled match between the Blues and Crusaders, the newly-crowned champions, has been canceled because Auckland will be at lockdown Level 3 under which major sports events are prohibited. The Blues been set to host the Crusaders in front of a crowd of 43,000 at Auckland's Eden Park.
On August 8th Jean Hurring, an Olympic swimming legend from New Zealand, died at age 89. Her cause of death has not been made public. She is one of eight pool swimmers to be inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.