Rugby Australia has today expressed its gratitude to New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Government following confirmation of the two Bledisloe Cup fixtures to be played in New Zealand next month.
The Qantas Wallabies will face off against the All Blacks on Sunday 11 October in Wellington before the second Test on Sunday 18 October at Eden Park in Auckland. The team will then return home to Australia ahead of a domestic Rugby Championship campaign beginning in early November.
Rugby Australia Interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke said: “Thank you to New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand Government for the flexibility and support over the last week, to find a mutually agreeable solution.
“Dave (Rennie) and the team are incredibly excited about the prospect of playing in New Zealand and will get straight to work following the Vodafone Super Rugby AU Final on Saturday night in Canberra.
“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.
Under updated New Zealand Government restrictions, the Wallabies squad will be able to train fully as a squad four days after arriving in the country, dependent on all squad members returning a negative Covid-19 test on day three.
The Wallabies travel plans to New Zealand will be confirmed in the coming days.
Wallabies 2020 Tests
New Zealand v Australia, 1.30pm AEDT Sunday 11 October 2020 at Sky Stadium in Wellington
New Zealand v Australia, 1.30pm AEDT Sunday 18 October 2020 at Eden Park in Auckland