The Huddle: The Wallabies kneeling; mandatory masks at lvl 1?

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 8:19PM
Wallabies players during the national anthem. (Photo / Getty)
Wallabies players during the national anthem. (Photo / Getty)

The Huddle: The Wallabies kneeling; mandatory masks at lvl 1?

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 8:19PM

The Wallabies are considering kneeling during the national anthem prior to next weekend's third Bledisloe Cup test with the All Blacks in Sydney.

Reports out of Australia say the national rugby team are planning to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Josie Pagani told Heather du Plessis-Allan sport can never avoid politics, but the two do not need to be intertwined all the time.

"It [kneeling] stops being the unifying force that it is.

"Protesting in America you can actually make a difference... the problem in New Zealand, Australia or elsewhere is I'm not entirely sure what the symbolism is meant to be achieving in our own countries."

Meanwhile, authorities are considering making mask wearing on public transport mandatory at alert level 1, which suggests a level of concern amid the current community outbreak of Covid-19.

Neil Miller says it makes sense from one point of view.

"I think from Auckland to Hamilton, maybe in these high risk environments there is an element of truth to getting people... to wear masks. What I'd be worried about is if it gets extended to the rest of the country, in the south of the North Island there's no real risk... in the South Island there's no risk at all."