New Zealand's Super Rugby opens gates to fans

This file photo taken on February 29, 2020 shows Hurricanes fans celebrating a try during the Super Rugby match between New Zealand's Hurricanes and Japan's Sunwolves at McLean Park in Napier. - There will be no crowd restrictions when Super Rugby resumes in New Zealand this weekend, competition organisers said on June 8, 2020, hailing the move as a world first after professional sport's coronavirus shutdown. PHOTO | MARTY MELVILLE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • There are also questions about the competition's long-term prospects after the pandemic highlighted existing problems with a format criticised as unwieldy, expensive to run and exhausting for elite players.
  • New Zealand is reviewing its participation, with a report looking at ways to keep the competition relevant and sustainable due by the end of this month.

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