A few days ago SANZAAR confirmed that Australia will finally be the country that will organize the Rugby Championship, leaving behind New Zealand, until now, the main candidate to host the competition that brings together the best selected from the Southern Hemisphere. The hesitations between the union of New Zealand with the government of his country opened the doors to Australia, which presented itself and took the tournament out of its hands.
The water does not stop running under the river and in New Zealand they came out to make clear their discontent with the government due to the lack of will to negotiate. NZ Rugby President Brent Impey spoke and stated that the decision to play RCH in Australia was not “SANZAAR policy”, as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put it at the time.
The controversy is far from abating and Impey revealed some behind-the-scenes issues: “This comes down to the quarantine regulations being too strict for the championship,” he told the Weekend Herald, adding that “the situation in New South Welsh is that everyone teams must comply with the 14-day quarantine period, during which they can train at full capacity ”.
In addition, he said: “The teams should be swabbed during and after the quarantine period, as well as daily wellness exams to make sure there are no signs of disease. If any player tests positive they are isolated and examined and once a negative result is obtained they can join the group again. “
According to Impey, since July there has only been a government concession on quarantine conditions: “a few months ago New Zealand was the only option,” he said, regretting that the tournament is not held in his country. Originally, New Zealand government officials demanded that During the 14 days of lockdown after the teams from South Africa, Australia and Argentina arrived in New Zealand, they would not train in groups of more than 15 players. “After several meetings and phone calls, it was finally agreed that in the last six of the fourteen days in quarantine, the training group could increase from 15 to 25 “, revealed Impey.
Finally, the Kiwi leader closed: “The situation in New Zealand was that on days one to three there had to be individual isolation. Then, after a negative test, from day four to seven, bubbles of 15 players could form that They could train inside it. Then, after a second negative test, they could expand the bubble to 25 players from days eight to fourteen. That is why the decision was made to go to Australia. The difference was in the quarantine regulations “.