The New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson, defended the decision not to send the All blacks to Perth for the second date of Rugby Championship and third test of the Bledisloe Cup next Saturday, despite the furious reaction of Rugby Australia.
Rugby Australia boss Andy Marinos was downloaded after the decision of Mark Robinson, which he effectively accused of deception, words that could sink the relations of the trans-Tasmanian rugby that has both unions. He also spoke about it Dave rennie, coach of the Wallabies who was visibly upset.
“It is incredible that you find out about this decision through the media, even though we had a conversation with the CEO moments before and it was not mentioned that that was the intention “, Marinos said in a statement after NZ Rugby announce that he would not travel during the month of August.
Nevertheless, Robinson responded by saying that he had no intention of getting into a war of words. and that he was comfortable with NZ Rugby’s decision and how they made it. “We can understand Rugby Australia’s frustration and disappointment that we were unable to travel,” the New Zealand chief said on Friday afternoon, minutes after Rugby Australia issued its statement.
“We are sorry for the impact it has on them. As I said at the beginning, we are absolutely committed to playing the game at some point.. Getting into a lot of speculation about who said what and when doesn’t really help and doesn’t move forward ”, stated the Kiwi CEO to lower the temperature of the discussion.
“What we are trying to do is find a solution to a situation that balances our need to care for our people with our commitment to keep this tournament going,” he said.