All Blacks scrap travel plans for Perth Bledisloe

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The All Blacks volition not question to Perth for the 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test arsenic COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc with the Rugby Championship calendar.

New Zealand - who person already retained the cup - were scheduled to alert to Western Australia this play to hole for the August 28 clash with the Wallabies astatine Optus Stadium.

But coronavirus flare ups connected some sides of the Tasman person thrown aggregate spanners successful the works as the remainder of the rugby play continues to beryllium thrashed retired by tourney organisers and nationalist bodies.

Playing Rugby Championship games successful Europe is present an option.

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"Without implicit certainty connected the team's adjacent movements astir the Rugby Championship we felt it was prudent for the squad to enactment enactment successful New Zealand until SANZAAR person announced the afloat tourney schedule," New Zealand Rugby main enforcement Mark Robinson said

"Once the squad leaves our shores, they presently can't instrumentality until November 23 station their bluish tour, truthful fixed the uncertainty, it makes consciousness to intermission and get much clarity connected these fixtures.

"We stay 100 per cent committed to playing successful the full Rugby Championship successful 2021 and are moving intimately with SANZAAR to look astatine a scope of options to reschedule these important matches."

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NZR besides announced the All Blacks' 2 location Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and the Black Ferns' 2 O'Reilly Cup Tests against the Wallaroos would not beryllium played successful New Zealand.

The determination follows proposal from Government that the Springboks and Wallaroos would not beryllium capable to participate New Zealand to play the matches owed to COVID question restrictions.

Robinson said each effort had been made to support the Tests successful New Zealand.

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"We stock the disappointment of our fans, players and different stakeholders, peculiarly those successful Dunedin wherever the sold retired 100th Test betwixt the All Blacks and South Africa was shaping up arsenic a precise peculiar occasion," Robinson said.

"However, aft discussions with Government, it is wide that the COVID-19 question restrictions meant determination was nary mode of bringing the South African and Wallaroos squads into New Zealand and we recognize the value of putting the wellness and information of New Zealanders first."

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