Bledisloe Cup dates confirmed in New Zealand

PM Jacinda Ardern outlines flexible quarantine plans for Wallabies

New Zealand will host two Bledisloe Cup fixtures beforehand, the first Test either on October 10 or 17, although Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is unhappy with the October 10 date and the current quarantine restrictions in place across the ditch which would limit his 44-man squad to little more than seven days training, as a complete unit, before the first Test.

"I just wanted to make sure that he was aware".

"I don't anticipate that being an issue", she said.

"I believe so, " Ardern said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has since move to allay Rennie's concerns, saying exceptions could be made so that the Wallabies would be able to resume full training sooner than the current framework allows.

"Dave (Rennie) and the team are incredibly excited about the prospect of playing in New Zealand and will get straight to work following the Vodafone Super Rugby AU Final on Saturday night in Canberra".

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, however, suggested on Sunday that NZR were pushing for a match on October 10 and said there was no way his team would be ready to play on that date given the biosecurity protocols in New Zealand.

New Zealand is set to host two trans-Tasman Tests, after losing the hosting rights for the Rugby Championship to Australia due to restrictive quarantine protocols.


Meanwhile, All Blacks coach Ian Foster described Ardern's declaration as "positive" in an interview with Newstalk ZB.

Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby are at a stalemate over a Bledisloe Cup scheduling stand-off as Wallabies coach Dave Rennie threatened to give into the All Blacks' demands.

"It has basically put us in a situation where we can offer the Aussies nine full days of quaranatine and preparing four days once they are out, with which is 13 days by my maths, " Foster said.

"There will be some of those guys who don't play but. we've got to make sure that we're creating depth and guys are ready to go when they get their opportunity to step up".

"There is no reason for them not to".

New Zealand's regulations would have forced visiting national teams from Argentina, Australia and South Africa to train in smaller groups until late in the quarantine period, whereas Australia will permit each squad to practice in full throughout the isolation.

Rennie named his first Wallabies squad on Sunday for the Bledisloe Cup tests and the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship.

"He's come out strong based on information about the quarantine". "But at the same time were talking hard to the Government about relaxing it". "We've constantly talked about earning the right to play and we think others have played better".

Related:

Comments

Latest news

South Park Is Returning For Its First Hour-Long Special
The show, which usually runs for 30 minutes, has never done an episode running longer than a half-hour in its 23-year history. The episode, which will feature a myriad of "2020 Problems", will be available to stream on HBO Max 24 hours after it airs.

Netanyahu joins Bahrain, UAE ministers at W.House for peace signing
Osama Hasan, who took part in the protests in Hebron, called the normalisation agreement a "stab in the back of the Palestinians". Abu-Dhabi earlier said that despite reaching an agreement with Israel, it is not against the creation of a Palestinian state.

No Barcelona deal with Memphis Depay, says Lyon chief Aulas
Barcelona and Lyon have reached a €32m deal for Depay , who will be presented to fans later this week, the paper said. Now, the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf believe that a deal for Depay has been sealed for the aforementioned fee.

Apple's new iPad and Apple Watch - what Aussies need to know
The Series 6 is available to order starting today, September 15th and will start shipping on Friday, September 18th. You can handle setup from one iPhone, and family members can be given a Watch with a separate number and Apple ID.

Apple's new 'Family Setup' aims to make Apple Watch a kid tracker
Apple Fitness + - In lieu of going to the local gym, Fitness + is here with video workouts that integrate with your Apple Watch. Other hardware upgrades include a new S6 chip that Apple says is more power-efficient and charges 20 percent faster.

Other news