One of the biggest controversies that the Rugby Championship organized in Australia was the problem for the players of New Zealand after finishing it and not being able to pass Christmas with their families. This is due to the New Zealand government’s provision on mandatory quarantine for all entering the country.
Both players and staff of the All Blacks spoke out about it and were even supported by Australian peers. For days some options have been discussed to avoid that the members of the New Zealand squad have to go through such a situation.
According to the New Zealand Rugby statement, the December 12 match for the last date that the All Blacks will face with Wallabies at the ANZ Stadium should be earlier as otherwise the New Zealand players would not be able to spend Christmas with their families.
Sources with knowledge of the negotiations have told the Sydney Morning Herald that there is an option on the table to change the date of that match and move it to Saturday, October 31, six weeks ahead of schedule.
This means the Wallabies would have to face the All Blacks in four consecutive games, two in New Zealand and two in Australia, over five weekends.
In addition, in this case on December 12, it would only render a duel between South Africa and Los Pumas at the ANZ Stadium and it would be a significant loss of public since the highlight of that day was the match between All Blacks and Wallabies.
The match between South Africa and Los Pumas on December 12 cannot be changed to October 31 as both teams must serve a certain time of isolation in the bubble.
If this does not materialize, New Zealand’s only option is for the government to approve the Trans-Tasman bubble between Australia and Kiwi lands, which would create zero problems for the dispute of the duel on December 12.