Australia threatened the All Blacks with a millionaire economic claim in case they do not show up to play the game by the second date of the Rugby Championship in Perth.
Due to the reappearance of Covid-19 cases in Oceania, the New Zealand national team announced that it will not play its next commitments, including the one that was due to play next Saturday against the Wallabies in Australia, which also counted as the third and last of the Bledisloe Cup.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Rugby Federation President Andy Marinos said he now expects the match to be played on September 4 and asked the New Zealand Rugby Federation (NZR) to provide a written guarantee. that the All Blacks will be present.
“I made it clear to the New Zealanders that we have a contract and that they are committed,” said the Australian manager.
The NZR confirmed that the duels against Los Pumas in Oceania (September 11 and 18) will not be played either due to the impossibility of the Argentine national team to travel to that continent due to the quarantines imposed by the governments.
And he also canceled the two games against the South African Springboks, scheduled for September 25 in Dunedin and October 2 at Eden Park in Auckland.
In this framework, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) confirmed on Saturday that it offered to host the rest of the Rugby Championship 2021 and is awaiting the approval of the Government of its country, while SANZAAR, the organizer of the tournament, seeks find new venues for matches canceled in Oceania due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have advised SANZAAR that we are ready and can host the rest of the competition in South Africa, pending approval from our Government,” SARU Executive Director Jurie Roux said today.