NZR CEO Mark Robinson mentioned the choice was made due to the shortcoming to guarantee the group’s return to residence.
“We stay one hundred pc dedicated to enjoying in the whole Fortinet Rugby Championship in 2021 and are working intently with SANZAAR to take a look at a spread of choices to reschedule these necessary matches.”
Furthermore, the All Blacks had been scheduled to play South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday, September 25, and at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday, October 2.
New Zealand ladies’s rugby aspect, the Black Ferns, had been scheduled to play the Wallaroos — the Australian ladies’s rugby group — in Christchurch, on Sunday, September 26 and at Eden Park as a part of a double header with the All Blacks.
But after authorities recommendation that the 2019 World Cup winners and the Wallaroos wouldn’t find a way to enter New Zealand to play the matches “due to COVID-19 travel restrictions,” the video games have been canceled.
Robinson mentioned each effort had been made to maintain the checks in New Zealand.
“However, after discussions with Government, it’s clear that the Covid-19 travel restrictions meant there was no means of bringing the South African and Wallaroos squads into New Zealand and we perceive the significance of placing the well being and security of New Zealanders first.”
Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos criticized the shortage of communication from his New Zealand counterparts, saying he was “bloody offended.”
“I believed New Zealand Rugby did not even have the respect to seek the advice of RA about their resolution in order that’s vastly disappointing.”