Rugby Australia and the Sunwolves have decided the Tokyo-based team won’t take part in next month’s Australia-based Super Rugby AU competition.

The two organisations announced on Monday
that, despite their best efforts, travel restrictions due to COVID-19
meant the team couldn’t prepare adequately in time for a planned July 3
kick-off.

If able to enter
Australia, the Sunwolves would still be required to complete a 14 day
quarantine period confined to a hotel before they could begin training.

The team, who were part
of the Australian Super Rugby conference, would also need to establish a
permanent base in Australia for the duration of the 12-week
competition.

Rugby Australia interim
CEO Rob Clarke said while they wanted the Sunwolves to join the four
Super Rugby teams plus the Western Force in this year’s revamped
competition, it wasn’t feasible.

“There are significant
challenges facing the Sunwolves’ participation in this modified
competition model which Rugby Australia, SANZAAR and the Sunwolves have
been attempting to work through,” Clarke said in a statement.

“However, the reality is,
given the timeframe available the team’s preparation for the
competition would be severely compromised.

“While unfortunate, this decision delivers the certainty that all stakeholders require at this point in time.”

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