Prompted by Prime Minister Jacinda Adern's advise to travellers today, all of the Chiefs and Crusaders players who recently returned from Australia are placing themselves into voluntary self-isolation.
The Chiefs said they will initiate four days of isolation, meaning the payers and staff will emerge on Sunday. The Crusaders, however, have not disclosed the duration of their self-imposed withdrawal from public contact.
Although the teams returned to NZ before the mandatory self-isolation deadline, the precautionary measure was taken after the Prime Minister recommended that anyone entering New Zealand from overseas should undertake a 14-day isolation period to help minimise the risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
The Crusaders posted a tweet earlier today advising fans of their decision.
The Chiefs and Crusaders now join the Highlanders, who have been in mandatory self-isolation since returning to NZ from Argentina on Tuesday.