Coronavirus: 'Operation Isolation' keeping Crusaders' Super Rugby hopes alive

While Super Rugby is on hold and most players remain in self-isolation, the Crusaders who still have their freedom have kickstarted 'Operation Isolation' to ensure everyone's ready to go, when they launch their domestic competition.

"As you know, a few of our boys are in isolation, so we're doing our little bit by dropping off some gym equipment," says halfback Mitch Drummond on an Instagram post.

"Operation Isolation has started," confirms captain Scott Barrett. "We're off to deliver the boys some weights, so they can train at home."

Some of the isolated Crusaders players, who returned from their win over the Sunwolves in Brisbane last Saturday, are obviously missing their teammates and are grateful for the contact, albeit from a safe distance.

"It's important we stick together, we stay safe and keep smiling," says All Blacks first-five Ritchie Mo'unga, who was given the game off and still has his freedom. 

With NZ borders now closed to visitors during the coronavirus lockdown, NZ Rugby is working on an alternative competition, featuring just local derbies, to keep rugby alive.

While the Highlanders failed to beat a Sunday midnight deadline to return home from Argentina and entered enforced 14-day isolation, the Crusaders and Chiefs have also taken that precaution, after recent trips abroad.

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