NZ PM Ardern plays down Bledisloe biosecurity concerns

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie

Ardern told radio station Newstalk ZB she spoke to Morrison late on Monday to clear the air and said New Zealand would ease quarantine restrictions for the Wallabies to allow them to better prepare.

Of the All Blacks who reportedly flagged their concerns with NZ Rugby, Perenara and Mo'unga are new first-time fathers after their wives gave birth recently while Barrett and his partner will have their first child next month.

"It was quite laughable really, it was the first I had heard of it", Mo'unga said.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster.

Decent says that it wouldn't make sense for Rugby Australia to totally boycott a test, and he does not believe the two tests will be moved to Australia. "We're looking forward to it and now can't wait to sort out these Bleds".

Foster refused to have a dig at Rennie after he threatened to not play the first test.

"Labour's lack of progress on border management and inability to put in place effective systems for contract tracing and testing has meant we've lost the Rugby Championship, it now appears we could lose the Bledisloe Cup for the same reasons". We listened to that. "But at the same time were talking hard to the Government about relaxing it".

Michael Hooper in action against the Melbourne Rebels 2020
Michael Hooper in action against the Melbourne Rebels 2020

"It'll be tough. but people have to do it all over the world", he told Sky Sports.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Rugby Australia (RA) are yet to finalise details for the games, though October 17 and 24 have been pencilled in as potential dates.

Meanwhile, All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has denied media reports that several senior All Blacks plan to skip the Rugby Championship because they would have to be based in Australia for up to 10 weeks and potentially could be in quarantine on Christmas Day.

Ardern said hosting the Wallabies for the Bledisloe Cup was a different proposition from the Rugby Championship, which also involves South Africa and Argentina, in terms of risk.

"We've picked on form", Rennie said. While it's frustrating, we're fully aware there are a whole lot of variables in play and quite frankly life hasn't been fair this year for too many people and we've just got to take that one on the chin.

"This challenge of what they are about to undertake is going to be significant and we will back them and their families in whatever way we need to ensure they are looked after". But you can't do that as a group for the first two weeks. He's grown immensely as a player since coming into our group in 2017 and has some real worldwide experience under his belt which will serve him well in the future.

No official dates have been confirmed for the Bledisloe Cup tests yet.

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