Andrew Methrtens admitted to being disappointed in the retirement of New Zealand of the next meeting he had with Australia, on August 28 in Perth by second round of the Rugby Championship and the third day of the Bledisloe Cup. “I must say, as a kiwi, I am disappointed in NZR”, confessed the outrage to Australian media.
On Friday August 20, New Zealand Rugby made the decision that the All Blacks do not travel to Aussie territory due to new restrictions for new positive cases of coronavirus in the region. In addition, both dates they had with the Springboks were also canceled by the same entity. Mehrtens stated that he did not know very well what the travel requirements were for the different regions and that he was a bit confused with the situation.
“I think that due to the public’s appetite for rugby and the responsibility that the players have, it is disappointing that not all teams are sharing in the same way.”Mehrtens stated. At the moment, the continuation of the Rugby Championship is difficult given the position of New Zealand having suspended three of its five remaining matches. In addition, both matches against Los Pumas, which are scheduled for September 11 and 18, would be in jeopardy.