After the conflict of schedule, the draw has been resolved for The Rugby Championship 2020 that allays the concerns of New Zealand, and ends an ugly argument between the nations.
“Rugby Australia and SANZAAR, with the support of the NSW Government, South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand, have been proactive in putting numerous workable solutions forward that have now enabled us to adjust the draw. The final revised draw will see the Australia v New Zealand match originally scheduled for the December 12 moved to October 31 at ANZ Stadium,” SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said.
Now scheduled as a stand-alone game, in part due to the advantageous removal of any 14 day quarantine period. New South Wales (NSW) will host the new fixture on October 31 that will occur a fortnight after both the Wallabies and All Blacks relocate back to Australia at the conclusion of the Bledisloe Cup two-game series.
LATEST NEWS: SANZAAR and tournament hosts, Rugby Australia, have today announced a revised draw for the 2020 Rugby Championship and confirmed the kick-off times…
Full details: https://t.co/v4xFnklN0y#TRC2020 pic.twitter.com/Lm6H8Z24XZ
— Super Rugby/TRC (@SuperRugby) October 8, 2020
The South Africa v Argentina match on December 12; originally scheduled at ANZ Stadium has been moved to the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
Draw resolved in Rugby Championship 2020
“The opening of the travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand from New Zealand and an agreement by the parties on revised commercial outcomes has enabled the joint venture to consider alternative solutions in addressing our two key objectives of commercial viability and player welfare”
“Rugby Australia and SANZAR, with the support of the NSW Government, South Africa, Argentina, and New Zealand, have been proactive in putting numerous workable solutions forward that have now enabled us to adjust the draw.”
Earlier today, SANZAAR released this revised schedule for this year's Rugby Championship with the AU v NZ match that was scheduled for the final round of the tournament moved to the beginning 📅
This means the tournament will now begin on October 31st.
Here's the lineup ⬇️🍿 pic.twitter.com/4n1MLIpe5b
— Superbru (@Superbru) October 8, 2020
The negotiations have turned a negative into a positive. The inference being that if the continued mistrust and poor communications continued, then the relationship would suffer further. While not overestimating the damage that has already been caused, from here the parties should now be able to put the recent events behind them.
With New Zealand now [probably] on course to be home for Christmas, the overall sentiment has been that compromise – through the situation presenting itself via a supposed ‘trans-Tasman bubble’ – is going far to assisting in the aggrieved parties coming closer together. Good for SANZAAR and good for the International game.
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