The All Blacks’ Tests against Wales and Scotland – due to take place in July – have been been officially postponed “until further notice”.
The All Blacks were due to play two matches against against Wales in
Auckland on 4 July and in Wellington on 11 July; and a one-off Test
against Scotland in Dunedin on 18 July.
But New Zealand Rugby confirmed tonight that the games have now been
postponed after a World Rugby meeting looking at the impact of Covid-19
on the global game.
A Black Ferns Test against the USA Test, part of a double header in Dunedin, has also been postponed.
In a statement, World Rugby said extended travel and quarantine
restrictions, and concerns over adequate player preparation time, meant
that any sort of international rugby competition cannot be hosted in
“Monitoring of the potential impact on the remaining 2020
international windows continues in collaboration with international
rugby stakeholders and the respective authorities.
“All decision-making will be entirely contingent on national
government travel, quarantine and health advice and important player
welfare and hosting considerations in line with return-to-rugby guidance
recently published by World Rugby.”
NZR chief executive Mark Robinson the decision “was really taken out of our hands”.
“From a New Zealand point of view, we are taking a pragmatic approach to the international Test programme.
“We are working hard to explore any and every opportunity to play All Blacks Tests as well as Black Ferns Tests this year and watching with keen interest any government discussions on a possible trans-Tasman bubble with Australia.”