Wait and see attitude for Super Rugby franchises

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Lee said for the Hurricanes organisation their immediate focus was on their staff and players and fans.

 

"We're trying to keep our organisation going, we're not sure of the future like everybody else.

 

"We're looking at our budget and waiting for the next couple of days to see what's happening with Super Rugby and also potentially the domestic competition," he said.

 

Once that picture was clearer they could look at decisions for the next three to six months. With that in mind the Government's bailout package was appreciated by New Zealand business, not just the Hurricanes, he said.

 

In all the communications that had been occurring between New Zealand Rugby and the franchises, the Players' Association had been part of the discussions through their head, Rob Nicol. The players were aware that all elements of the game were in the situation together, he said.

 

"No one knows what is going to come next.

 

"In talking to the New Zealand Government they are very keen for this competition to happen if Super Rugby falls over. It's something for the people of New Zealand to look forward to at a really difficult time and we all realise that rugby isn't very important at this time but it is something people could look forward to at the end of the week," Lee said.

 

If Super Rugby was unable to resume a plan B was in place and was something viable that could work in New Zealand and provide support and content for key partners of the game.

 

The Hurricanes had been in training during the week but were having a long weekend and they would return in the middle of next week to prepare for a game 10 days or two to three weeks later.

 

They had been locked down at their Newtown training base during the day with no access for non-essential personnel while the organisation was also working with players about what they do outside of work hours.

 

"There is going to be some financial pain, we just don't know to what degree yet," he said.

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