Friday, June 12, 2020

Vail RFC are training; Super Rugby Aotearoa resumes

Vail RFC are training again and Super Rugby in the Land of the Long White Cloud is soooooooo on! How did they do that, you may ask while the rest of the world is squirming in their fat chairs? Well, evidently Kiwis and those who live in Eagle County, Colorado in the United States not only have smart phones and smart tvs, they've also got an abundance of smart people running their respective shops and residing therein. Each entity, the nation and the US county, are managed by exceedingly savvy people who organized defenses against the virus that included: initial lockdown, social distancing and the wearing of masks, and for that, to put it simply, they have won. 

New Zealand have not had a single case of COVID-19 in better than 2 weeks and Vail RFC had training this week, but as their ULTIMATE and AWESOME leader explains: "Eagle county health reviewed the USA rugby back-to-play guidelines and said we could follow level 3, we move to final phase 6/22, which should push us to at least level 4." However he adds, "problem is there won’t be any one to play outside of Eagle County." Still I'd rather be in the boots of a Vail beastie just now.

And not only is Super Rugby back, but Damian McKenzie has returned from injury that kept him from last year's World Cup - he'll be in Chiefs 15 shirt and Aaron Cruden is returned from an injury-riddled interval in the Northern Hemisphere and is sure to come from the bench in relief 21-years old Kaleb Trask at standoff for Los Jefes.
Highlanders v Chiefs at Forsyth Barr, 1:05am MST on ESPN+
early tomorrow morning;

Blues v Hurricanes at Eden Park, 9:30pm on ESPN+ in the evening
… you goin'? I'm goin'!

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