'It would be tough not to play in front of fans' catches up with winger KOBUS VAN WYK, who made a great start to his Hurricanes stint before Super Rugby was suspended.

How has the coronavirus situation affected you from a rugby perspective?
The situation isn't too bad here [New Zealand has 39 cases of the virus and no deaths] so we don't have to self-isolate. We trained until Wednesday, but received an email from the Hurricanes today telling us to be more alert and stay away from crowds, bars, pubs, coffee shops, etc. Basically, to keep our social distancing. We're set to resume training next Wednesday, but things change on a daily basis.

Have you and [wife] June settled in well in Wellington?
Yes, especially now that we are living in a nice little family house in Karori. Everything is sorted now and the laaitie [son Elijah] is going to school twice a week. Hopefully he can continue to do so, but it all depends on the coronavirus situation.

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Super Rugby's suspension must be particularly disappointing for you considering you scored a hat-trick during your long-awaited debut against the Sunwolves and have played well since?
Yes, I was grateful to make my debut after recovering from a pre-season injury. All the hard work pays off eventually and it was great to be playing again.

How would you feel about playing local derbies behind closed doors?
We're waiting to see what happens with Super Rugby. I think if it gets cancelled, a competition involving the New Zealand teams will take place. It would be tough not to play in front of fans, family and friends. The fans can pick you up on the field and take you to a new level of energy. But at least we would get to play.

Interview by Simon Borchardt

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