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Mark Robinson: We're still confident on a way forward with SANZAR

Mark Robinson: We're still confident on a way forward with SANZAR”

"We were working on the understanding and all our planning and scheduling was on the basis that the All Blacks last match would be on December 5 to give our players and management time to get home, undertake the 14 days' quarantine back in New Zealand, and then be with their families for Christmas, as will be the case for the other three teams in the tournament", Robinson said.

The Argentine Rugby Union made the announcement, just hours after the controversial schedule for The Rugby Championship was announced by SANZAAR.

Inbound teams Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa will be required to observe all health regulations around their squads as imposed by the NSW and Queensland governments.

Nichol said the first he knew of Sanzaar's U-turn was a couple of days ago, which contradicts those messages from Rugby Australia and Sanzaar.

Then, SA Rugby officials must convince national coach Jacques Nienaber to change his stance on how many matches a player must participate in before being ready for global duty.

"It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point, but we are delighted that we can now confirm the match dates and venues for the Rugby Championship 2020", said Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos. The last thing we need is these games being played. New Zealand, Australia vs.

"We underestimated the umbrage they took with being told that", Stevenson said.

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Australian media reports Thursday appeared to confirm Robinson's claim Rugby Australia had agreed to a schedule which would have seen New Zealand play its final match on December 5. "We (NZRPA) were like "wow, this hasn't been agreed to".

"I think it's fair to say there's a significant amount of compromise and sacrifice from all four countries that are playing in this competition".

Marinos suggested the All Blacks could be home for Christmas if the New Zealand government relaxed its quarantine regulations.

Cheika, who stepped down as Wallabies head coach following the Rugby World Cup last October, has agreed to work as an external advisor for Pumas boss Mario Ledesma, who served as his assistant during his Australia tenure.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said she also believed there was an agreement in place that meant the All Blacks would be back on December 6.

SANZAAR has announced the match schedule for the Championship, with the All Blacks scheduled to play Australia in Brisbane on Saturday 7 November and Argentina the following Saturday in Sydney on 14 November.

"There is obviously a lot to achieve in the coming months but I'm confident that under the leadership of each of the joint venture partners, that the 2020 Rugby Championship in Australia will be a great success". The decision to move the Rugby Championship from New Zealand to Australia increased the animosity of the relationship in recent weeks.



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