While since New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirm that the first match of the Bledisloe Cup between the All Blacks and Australia is still scheduled for Saturday 7th August at Eden Park in Auckland, on the other hand the Rugby Championship venues are not yet fully ratified .
From NZR they announced that they are working with the New Zealand government to obtain a travel exemption for the Wallabies to arrive on kiwi land this week to prepare for the match.
NZR General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said contingency plans are progressing positively after last Friday’s announcement of an eight-week hiatus from the Trans-Tasman travel bubble: “There are some obvious logistical challenges for the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby Championship, but we have made great progress and are confident that we are moving towards a positive outcome. Importantly, we are anticipating Australia to be in New Zealand this week. “
“We are also confident that Australia will be able to stay in New Zealand to play the second test of the Bledisloe Cup, we are working on the details of what that match will be like with the intention of finalizing the issue this week,” he added.
On the other hand, from NZR they communicated that SANZAAR together with its member unions (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina) will announce any potential and necessary changes in the tournament calendar in due time.
The games likely to be affected by the eight-week travel hiatus from Trans-Tasman travel include not only the second meeting between the All Blacks and the Wallabies, currently scheduled in Wellington for August 28, but also the two games of the men in black against Argentina, in Auckland and Wellington, on September 11 and 18 respectively.
“There are many moving parts, but together with SANZAAR, many people are working incredibly hard to ensure that both competitions can progress in a safe and fair manner, as well as in the best interest of fans and other stakeholders,” Lendrum said and continued. : “As always, our decisions will continue to be guided by advice from relevant health and government authorities, with the health and safety of our people at the forefront of any decision.”
Source: New Zealand Rugby