The Rugby Championship hosting rights have won Australia from under the nose of its New Zealand counterparts.
On Friday, SANZAAR declared that the Australian Rugby Team will host the Four Nations Championship from November to December.
After a month of gossips, the news comes that point out New Zealand is the leader in hosting the annual competition, which is usually held in the southern hemisphere in the form of home and away games.
But, there are reports that discussions between SANZAAR and the New Zealand government on the country’s strict COVID-19 restrictions have failed, resulting in Australia winning the right to host the tournament after a conference call on Thursday.
SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said we are happy that finally SANZAAR confirmed the contestant and host nations for the Rugby Championship, and put an end to the nonstop assumption about the plan and venue of the competition.
Usually, the Rugby Championship is the international event that played home and away games between New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, and Australia. However, because of the coronavirus crisis this year, it is impossible.
So, we worked hard as a team to make sure the Rugby Championship will happen this season. SANZAAR has carefully considered the two hosting options offered by New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia.
Finally, SANZAAR decided that according to the quarantine protocol and commercial underwriting required by the government. In terms of tournament logistics and basic preparations before the game, the submission of Australian rugby is the most desirable and feasible.
New Zealand rugby has confirmed a two Bledisloe Cup games will be played on the east side of the Tasman Sea. Two New Zealand-based tests will take place in October, and the dates and locations of the two games will be declared in an appropriate time.
These two games are going to be enormous for our fans and the All Blacks. Managing Director of NZR Mark Robinson said: We know that the Bledisloe Cup is the top of the trans-Tasman competition, and there will be great expectations before that game.
On Friday, the Rugby Australia declared the TRC matches will be held mainly in New South Wales and Queensland, while Marinos said South Africa’s participation has yet to be consolidated.
Further, he said that the growth and impact of the pandemic have spread from country to country so, the international competition at this time hold in South Africa.
South Africa will take part as he gets the relaxation of the suspension as well as conquering many other logistical challenges, for example, the beginning of international air borders. Springbok is expected to back on the schedule in October, so the preparation time is quite short.