LIST | The four British & Irish players to look out for when Super Rugby returns

New Zealand Rugby has announced plans for a Super Rugby mini-series, with the country potentially lowering its Covid-19 alert level on Monday.

The government has said professional sport would be able to resume behind closed doors when the alert level was changed from three to two, with a decision due on 11 May.

The five teams will play each other home and away over 10 weeks, with two matches every weekend.

All matches will be played in closed stadiums. Here are the four players from Britain and Ireland who will be taking part:

1. Joe Marchant (Blues)

The centre is a gifted English centre from the Premiership club Harlequins. He made his debut for the club in 2014 and has gone on to make more than 85 appearances for the famous London club.

Marchant represented England U20s at both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the tournament. In 2019 Joe made his first test appearance for England off the bench against Wales, before making his starting debut against Italy that same year.

Marchant joined the Blues for the 2020 season on loan and is looking to test himself in the fires of the southern hemisphere’s premier club rugby competition.