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Kiwis, Aussies say goodbye to spectator sport as coronavirus curbs bite

Fans catch last games for the foreseeable future before New Zealand and Australia spectator bans kick in

Ian Ransom

The curtain lowered on spectator sport in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, with fans watching top-flight soccer and rugby matches at stadiums for the last time before crowd bans and border controls kick in to fight the spread of coronavirus.

With sport at a virtual standstill across much of the globe, the Antipodean nations are among the last hold-outs for elite competition, even as infections rise and the noose tightens around international travel.

Australia’s top winter football codes have resolved to play on with spectator bans for as long as they can reasonably do so, but the governing body of Super Rugby had little choice but to suspend the sprawling rugby union competition...

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