The Chiefs and Crusaders have followed New Zealand government guidelines and shut themselves off from the world due to the Covid-19 disease.
The two Super Rugby sides said as they had recently returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days they responded to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern’s suggestion that they should self-isolate.
The Chiefs said in a statement: “As a result, the Chiefs team and management will take the cautious approach and support the public effort to minimise risk.
“Effective immediately, all members of the Chiefs squad and managed who travelled to Sydney for the Waratahs match now enter self-isolation until Sunday.
“If the situation changes, in accordance with the advice of public health authorities, we’ll adjust accordingly,” it said.
They also advised the public that as not all their players or management travelled to Sydney they should not be alarmed if some of them, who were not required to go into self-isolation, were seen out in the public.
The Crusaders issued a similarly-worded statement but did not say how long they would be in self-isolation.