All club and community rugby postponed

New Zealand Rugby has postponed all club and community rugby until April 18 to combat coronavirus.

The decision is effective immediately.

"The postponement includes all rugby matches. Non-contact training activities can continue at least in the short term while we continue to monitor the situation with the Ministry of Health," NZ Rugby said in a statement tonight.

"All team-based activity will be adapted to comply with the limits the ministry has set. This includes minimising person-to-person contact and maintaining hygiene standards including not sharing drink bottles, washing hands and regularly cleaning rugby equipment."

NZ Rugby said it was a "difficult decision" to make "but it is important that we do this in the interests of the health of all rugby participants".

"The well-being of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider New Zealand community is our top priority. And, while this will be disappointing for many, postponing rugby for the time being is in everyone's best interests."