After months of uncertainty surrounding the return of the Rugby Championship, SANZAAR finally announced that the tournament will take place in Australia for six weeks from November to December.
“I am delighted for Australian rugby because this is going to be the equivalent of a mini World Cup, played over six weeks and I think a better result could not be achieved for what has been a tremendously difficult year for all of us,” Rob said. Clarke, CEO of Rugby Australia.
On the other hand, the leader referred to the current situation of the team led by Mario Ledesma: “The Pumas have are working under the health bubble protocol and have regular tests. Those who tested positive, whether asymptomatic or not, will be separated and will be in quarantine. That will happen during the course of their time in the bubble and then they will all be negative. They will be ready by sooner or later and we will be able to comply with all the health requirements and protocols in Australia. “
Also, from Rugby.au it was anticipated that Los Pumas have already asked if they will be able to play some preparation matches in Australia before the Rugby Championship and Clarke said that arrangements were being made so that the request could be carried out: “Certainly, Argentina will he asked and we would be more than happy to help organize them, so that is being discussed now. Unfortunately, Argentina have not been able to play any games yet so those matches will be really important for them. “
“We may be watching a couple of games against an Australian A team and then against one of the teams participating in Super Rugby. Right now that is what we are looking to fix for Argentina and it would also allow us to showcase some of our emerging talents.” said the CEO of Aussie rugby.
Also, while SANZAAR said the Springboks had not yet confirmed that they would be able to play, Clarke is confident that the World Champions are ready to join: “Of course we could face the competition with only three teams, that could be an option. But South Africa is confident that by working with its government, it will be able to participate. “