31 Aug 2021

All Blacks following protocols after spending time at location of interest

10:03 am on 31 August 2021

Several All Blacks were at a Covid-19 location of interest after the second Bledisloe Cup test win over Australia in Auckland.

All Blacks' Brad Thorn and Richie McCaw carry the Bledisloe Cup around to the team. Bledisloe Cup and Tri Nations rugby union test match, All Blacks v Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 6th August 2011. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz

Photo: Photosport

New Zealand Rugby has confirmed a group of players went to the HeadQuarters bar at the Viaduct on the night of 14 August.

The Ministry of Health said the bar had been visited by a positive Covid-19 case between 11.30 pm and 1.30am on the same night.

NZR has confirmed the players were at the bar during that window.

The All Blacks were celebrating retaining the Bledisloe Cup for a 19th straight year following a 57-22 win over the Wallabies at Eden Park.

HeadQuarters bar was one of four new locations added to the list of locations of interest on Sunday night.

The All Blacks squad flew to Perth last Thursday for the third and final Bledisloe Cup test, which doubles as a Rugby Championship match.

The All Blacks' are now isolating in a squad bubble in Perth. They are allowed to train together and play this Sunday's test against the Wallabies.

After the test the All Blacks and Wallabies will relocate to Queensland for the remainder of their Rugby Championship fixtures.

In a statement given to RNZ, New Zealand Rugby medical manager Karen Rasmussen said all protocols had been followed once the bar was added to the list of locations of interest.

"New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks have been regularly checking the locations of interest to see if any of our staff and players have been impacted.

We are aware that Headquarters bar in Auckland has just been listed as a location and can confirm that a group of players was there on the night in question, August 14th, following the Test at Eden Park.

"The team has already followed the Ministry of Health guidelines in relation to this location. The All Blacks players and management, under the supervision of the All Blacks medical team, have all been vaccinated.

"They have also returned two negative COVID-19 tests: the first was ten days after the date in question, just prior to the team's departure to Perth, and the second was on arrival in Perth. The travelling party will receive a third test before the match against Australia this weekend.

"The Ministry of Health, SANZAAR and Rugby Australia have all been advised."