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New Zealand Rugby chairman blames government for losing Championship hosting rights

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New Zealand Rugby Chairman, Brent Impey took aim at New Zealand Government after the Rugby Championship was awarded to Australia on Friday by SANZAAR.

He said that Government’s unwillingness to negotiate was the main reason New Zealand were not awarded the Championship.

He said that Government made only one concession in almost three months.

He added that this was not SANZAAR politics as suggested by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Impey, in all the weeks since July, there was just one government concession over quarantine conditions.

At first government demanded that throughout the 14 days of lockdown after squads arrived in New Zealand, that they would never train in groups bigger than 15 players.

This was changed after several meetings to in the last six days of the 14 days the size of the training group could be increased to 25

The players would have self isolate for the first three days after their arrival. If all tested negative the they could form a bubble of 15 that can train inside the bubble.

According to Impey the decision to go with Australia came down to these quarantine regulations.

Losing the hosting rights will mean that the country will loose out on hosting sold out crowds while businesses will also suffer.

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