New Zealand eases quarantine rules to ensure All Blacks host Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup next month

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie had raised concerns that border controls preventing his squad training together while undergoing two weeks' quarantine would leave them under-prepared for a clash against the All Blacks.

Agence France-Presse September 15, 2020 09:07:50 IST
New Zealand eases quarantine rules to ensure All Blacks host Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup next month

Representational photo. AP

Wellington: New Zealand announced relaxed quarantine rules for the Wallabies rugby team Tuesday to ensure the All Blacks can host Bledisloe Cup Tests against Australia next month.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie had raised concerns that border controls preventing his squad training together while undergoing two weeks' quarantine would leave them under-prepared for a clash against the All Blacks.

But New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said health authorities had agreed to amend the rules so the full squad could train together six days into the quarantine period.

"Everyone's pulling out all stops to make it work," she told Radio New Zealand.

No dates for the two-match series have been announced but New Zealand Rugby reportedly wants the Tests played on the weekends of October 10-11 and 17-18.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster was "thrilled" with the new arrangement, which he said gave the Wallabies as much time to prepare as his own squad.

"Really, I don't think there's any excuse for them not to come over and play in that weekend (October 10-11)," he told reporters.

Updated Date:

also read

World Test Championship final: Sachin Tendulkar says Kiwis had best preparation possible, but India far from underdogs
First Cricket News

World Test Championship final: Sachin Tendulkar says Kiwis had best preparation possible, but India far from underdogs

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has said that while the New Zealand cricket team has had the best preparation possible for the upcoming World Test Championship final, India will be far from underdogs in the clash.

World Test Championship final: Southampton is boiling hot, expecting both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to play, says Sunil Gavaskar
First Cricket News

World Test Championship final: Southampton is boiling hot, expecting both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to play, says Sunil Gavaskar

Southampton's maximum temperature has been over 25 degree celsius for the past few days but there is a forecast of rain from Thursday.

England vs New Zealand: Frustration for both sides as incessant rain washes out Day 3 of Lord’s Test
First Cricket News

England vs New Zealand: Frustration for both sides as incessant rain washes out Day 3 of Lord’s Test

England, 267 runs behind, slumped to 18-2 before ending the second day with Rory Burns 59 not out and England captain Joe Root 42 not out following an unbroken stand of 93.