Bledisloe Cup series set after virus rules eased

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 16 Sep 2020

New Zealand Rugby confirmed the All Blacks will host Australia for two Bledisloe Cup Tests next month after officials relaxed Covid-19 quarantine rules to ensure the series went ahead.

NZR said the Bledisloe Tests will take place in Wellington on October 11 and Auckland on October 18.

"We're delighted to lock in the dates and venues for the two home matches against Australia and look forward to seeing the Bledisloe Cup go on the line next month," NZR chief Mark Robinson said.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie had raised concerns that rules preventing his squad training together while undergoing quarantine in New Zealand would leave them under-prepared for a clash against the All Blacks.

But NZR said health authorities had agreed to amend the rules so the full squad could train together four days into the quarantine period.

Rugby Australia praised the New Zealand government's flexibility.

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