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New Zealand kicks off post-pandemic era with weekend of rugby

Successful virus strategy allows for crowd-filled stadiums, then a reality check

WELLINGTON -- Thunderous cheers from tens of thousands of New Zealand rugby fans this weekend will herald not only the return of the national obsession but also the defeat of the coronavirus.

"I'm really excited that we'll be able to watch rugby again, I can't wait," said Wellington rugby fan Brendan Wilkes. "It's been a very long three months without any games, so it will be extra special."

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