Chooks News 2nd April 2020

Today we head into Day 8 of the lockdown And as Grant pointed out that I 'Scott Siffleet' have taken over as Chairman going froward of our great club, I thank Grant for his great service over the past two years, he has brought a lot of Professionalism to the club, with his passion for Tukapa has made a positive impact and left us in a good place going forward.
I remember a few years back when a round of club rugby was postponed just before we were about to get on a Bus and head to Stratford for ruff weather, I thought at the time this will be a once in a lifetime thing. Now we are in the middle of Covid-19 and we are not sure if we will even get Club rugby this year, We are again hopefully a once in a lifetime event. I am sure we all agree that even though we love Club rugby our Health has to come 1st in this trying time.

You guys properly already clicked that a Tradesman has been writing this Newsletter for a while now due to the poor English but my Main goal is to keep all you informed on anything going on at the club or Rugby in general. If you have anything you would like to include please email me.
To start with on a non-rugby related topic I have had offers from members of Tukapa that can help get Groceries to any members that may not be able to get to the supermarket or any other place they need Essential items from.
Also making sure that all our players still have jobs, I have a few contacts coming back to me with some short term work leads. if any of the above interests you please email me at info@tukapa.co.nz 
At this stage, we are no closer to working out if and or when we may get a shot at the CMK Club rugby title for 2020. The TRFU has called a meeting next Wednesday through Zoom for all club Chairs and key members of club rugby to see if we can come up with some ideas of how it could work for 2020. If anyone has any ideas on this please feel free to flick me an email at info@tukapa.co.nz.

The Tukapa Executive will Zoom Meet on this as well before Wednesday but these are the topics for Conversation 
Please discuss within your clubs:
1. How much time is required before a start is possible
2. Who is positioned to host restricted games (some venues will not allow for this)
3. Is there a point of time that a season (in a traditional sense) becomes not viable
4. Any ideas or suggestions around modified tournament formats 
5. Any other concerns or ideas 

News From NZ Rugby 

To help secure the future of the sport, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Provincial Unions have today cancelled all provincial representative rugby tournaments below the Mitre 10 Cup and Farah Palmer Cup. The cancellations include the 2020 Mitre 10 Heartland Championship, Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament, TECT National Sevens Tournament and all Provincial Union representative rugby tournaments, excluding the Mitre 10 Cup and Farah Palmer Cup.NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said rugby had worked together to make these difficult decisions for the best interests of the game. 

New Zealand Rugby and Super Rugby Clubs working together to sustain the game

1 APRIL 2020

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced an emergency grant will be made available to New Zealand’s five Super Rugby clubs to ensure the clubs and competition are in the best position possible for when the Investec Super Rugby competition resumes.NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said: “An emergency NZR grant of $250,000 each is to be made available to all Super Rugby clubs for the next three months which is seen as a critical supplement to other financing options or levers being considered by the Clubs.Super Rugby is a vital part of our rugby eco-system and has a solid 25-year track record as a strong and admired rugby competition that has valuable intellectual property and a legacy of world class rugby.“These decisions are about protecting the core capability of the Super Rugby clubs so that they are ready to hit the ground running if Super Rugby resumes later this year, and also be in a position to revive and participate in Super Rugby in whatever shape it takes in 2021 and beyond.Robinson also added that funding for New Zealand’s Provincial Unions would also continue.“Provincial Unions receive approximately $30 million in funding per annum, and all will receive their funding payment in full for quarter 2. However given the challenging circumstances with Covid-19, beyond this time we will keep a watching brief as things develop.“Super Rugby clubs normally earn all their revenue through commercial and gate activities. All Clubs are doing a range of things to keep their organisations viable through this challenging time.“In addition, just like NZR, Super Rugby Clubs have also made necessary changes because of the Covid-19 crisis, including budget cuts and staffing changes. The emergency grant is necessary so that Super Rugby Clubs can survive and be ready to grow their revenue once we are through the pandemic.Mark Robinson added: “The Super Rugby clubs and NZR have also agreed to pause the negotiation of Super Rugby franchise licenses and use this time to review the business principles and governance of the competition so that the future of the clubs is sustainable, and they are match ready.Robinson also announced that NZR was forming a working group made up of representatives from Provincial Unions, Super Rugby clubs, the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, commercial partners, NZR and other key stakeholders to look at the structure of all domestic competitions in 2020 across all levels for when rugby starts again.“The working group will be looking at developing the best possible rugby for players, fans and stakeholders for 2020 and it is a hugely positive signal for the game that stakeholders are coming together to do what is in the best interests for rugby.”



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