The match between Melbourne Rebels and Highlanders, what was scheduled to be played in Queenstown on Sunday, moved to Sydney. The decision occurs when Melbourne enters seven-day lockdown after Covid-19 outbreak in the state of Victoria.
While the two clubs were hopeful that the game could remain in Queenstown, the worsening outbreak in Victoria and the extension of a travel hiatus by the New Zealand government left them stranded in Australia.
It will now be played in Sydney at the Leichhardt Oval. The Highlanders will fly to Sydney via Auckland on Saturday May 29.
“Our players and coaches were looking forward to going to Queenstown for what would have been a fantastic day and we share our fans’ disappointment that we will not be able to make it this season,” Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said in a statement.
“We are certainly sorry for everyone involved in the game, we received great support from Mayor Jim Boult, Destination Queenstown, NZSki and the people of Queenstown in preparing for this event, as an organization we are extremely disappointed that we were unable to deliver the match as per the programmed. “