All Blacks coach Ian Foster has accused SANZAAR of reneging on a Rugby Championship deal that would have had his players home in time for Christmas.

The All Blacks are in camp in Hamilton as part of their preparation for the first Bledisloe Cup against Australia in Wellington next week but New Zealand Rugby and SANZAAR remain at loggerheads over the schedule for the Rugby Championship in Australia in November and December.

The schedule, unveiled last week, has the All Blacks playing their last test of the tournament on 12 December – meaning the players wouldn’t get out of quarantine and home in time for Christmas.

But Foster has said today that’s something they won’t accept.

“There was deal and we feel that SANZAAR has reneged on that so we have put some solutions forward and we will wait and see,” Foster said.

Asked if he and his players were prepared to be in quarantine over Christmas Foster replied: “there have been set expectations and they haven’t been delivered on so that’s up to us, the game and SANZAAR to sort out.”

Pushed to for an unequivocal “no” to quarantine Foster said: “You can take that (it as) that.”

Foster would not enlarge upon solutions New Zealand Rugby had offered to get the All Blacks home in time for Christmas but felt the initial proposal was a good one.

“Six tests in five weeks it was achievable with South Africa and Argentina could play six in six weeks… it fitted.”


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