PM Jacinda Ardern outlines flexible quarantine plans for Wallabies

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie

Foster admitted losing the Rugby Championship hosting rights to Australia was disappointing but refused to say New Zealand "blew it".

Dave Rennie has been impressed with the increased intensity as Super Rugby AU has progressed this year but recognises the players have to lift even further when they face the All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup tests next month.

New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Tuesday the first test will be played at Wellington on Sunday, Oct. 11 and the second will be played in Auckland on Oct. 18.

Ardern told Newstalk ZB that she spoke to Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Monday night to clear the air and stated there was no reason that the Wallabies could not come to New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. At least 10 members of the Argentina squad and coach Mario Ledesma have tested positive for COVID-19.

The New Zealand Warriors, who compete in Australia's National Rugby League competition, have been based in New South Wales since early May.

A report on Monday suggested each of Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo'unga and TJ Perenara had expressed concerns about having to spend nearly two months across the Tasman to complete the tournament.

Michael Hooper in action against the Melbourne Rebels 2020
Michael Hooper in action against the Melbourne Rebels 2020

Both Mo'unga and Perenara recently had newborn babies, while Barrett and Reece are also expecting their first children.

"We will now meet with our SANZAAR joint venture partners on Thursday to work on confirming the schedule for The Rugby Championship here in Australia to start in November", Clarke said".

SMH writer Tom Decent told Heather du Plessis-Allan that Rugby Australia's position has always been playing the games on the 17th and 24th, while New Zealand wants them to play on the 10th and 18th. Winger Sevu Reece is in the same situation as Barrett while the report indicated there were other players concerned by the prospect of such a long period away from home.

"I believe so, " Ardern said. "Are we in trouble? No".

However, The Sydney Morning Herald reports Rugby Australia is unconvinced it should agree to the revised protocol and play on October 10. No, we're not in trouble.

"We're trying to be responsible employers and talk to a whole lot of players".

"I think the most important thing is that New Zealanders get the chance to see that match". "This is all new to everyone, taking players away for nine weeks where you can't get's a big chunk of time and we're just working it through with players".

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