The Pumas, All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks could head to Queenstown, New Zealand, to play the Rugby Championship as published by Stuff. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition will be held for the first time in a single country and it has long been known that negotiations are under way with the Kiwi government for teams to meet there from November 7 to December 12th.
According to the New Zealand media “several sources have said that the popular tourist spot on the South Island is considered the quarantine center for the arrival of the teams”. Planning was thought to be at an advanced stage prior to the recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases in New Zealand, specifically the North Island and Auckland. This caused a possible announcement to be halted and Queenstown is one of the options being discussed.
This city meets the requirements to host the three teams due to its location and accommodation capacity and the number of foreign tourists has been drastically reduced as a result of border closures. It is unclear if the teams will be located in the same location for the entire tournament, but they will most likely need a two-week quarantine period when entering New Zealand. The next logical step would be to lay the foundation for two months.
“Having successfully restarted Super Rugby this year in Australia and New Zealand, our focus is now on the Rugby Championship to be played in a central location,” they said from SANZAAR and made it clear where the venue was: “We have determined that New Zealand is currently the preferred option given the stability of COVID within the region. We are well advanced in planning options with New Zealand Rugby which, in turn, is now seeking local government approval. ”
Some issues being discussed for the final announcement is that if New Zealand returns to Alert Level 1 by November, the public will be allowed to attend matches, but matches could also be held behind closed doors, if necessary, in alert level 2.