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Ex-Cyclone Debbie rains forces sports field closures

Rachel Das
Rugby field
Sodden playing fields means there'll be no rugby this weekend.  Adrian Cable, Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons

Christchurch City Council have closed sports fields due to heavy rain.

Canterbury Rugby Union's Chief Executive Nathan Godfrey said the grounds would have a good chance to recover given that next weekend was Easter.

All rugby games had been cancelled, with the exception of the Hawkins Division 1 Premier Competition.

"At the end of the day, we can't control the weather. It's unfortunate but certainly the season will resume in a couple of weeks and we've got a long winter ahead of us."

Godfrey confirmed all other senior and certainly junior rugby on council ground were cancelled, but said they were currently finding grounds for the Hawkins Division 1 Premier Competition.

"All the Hawkins Division matches will go ahead on Saturday as planned and given the weather today, we're really confident that that will be the case."