Auckland Blues have agreed to a change in kick-off time for their round seven Super Rugby clash against Lions to accommodate the rescheduled game of Sunwolves in Australia.
The next two Sunwolves home games against Brumbies and Crusaders has been moved out of Japan due to the outbreak of coronavirus with Wollongong and Brisbane hosting the game respectively.
With the game between Sunwolves and Crusaders on 14th March colliding with the game between Blues and Lions, the fixture at Eden Park will now be played at 16:25 local time from the original schedule of 19:05 local time.
Blues CEO Andrew Hore admitted that the rescheduling of the fixture has its challenges but stressed on the need to support Sunwolves in difficult times.
“It was the least we could do to help out the Sunwolves at such a difficult time particularly in Asia,” said Hore.
“We appreciate that the Lions team have supported this – it is rugby clubs getting together to help out one of the family.
“We have had to move quickly and we need to recognise the excellent support from Eden Park with all these changes, while we have also been communicating with our provincial unions with pre-season club rugby underway".
The sixth round clash between Sunwolves and Brumbies will be played on 6th March prior to the Waratahs versus Chiefs match at WIN Stadium in Wollongong at kick-off time of 14:45 (AEDT).