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SANZAAR make changes Championship schedule

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It is all just an big IF, but if the Springboks do take part in this years Rugby Championship then they will play Argentina on the 12 December in a revised schedule that was released by SANZAAR on Thursday.

The 12 match tournament will be played across seven weeks with the clash between Australia and New Zealand that was scheduled for the 12 December moved now to the 31 October.

SA Rugby must still confirm the Springboks participation in the championship. SA Rugby are waiting for Government approval as South African travel restrictions are still in place under the current level.

SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said: “The opening of the travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand from New Zealand and an agreement by the parties on revised commercial outcomes has enabled the joint venture to consider alternative solutions in addressing our two key objectives of commercial viability and player welfare”

“Rugby Australia and SANZAR, with the support of the NSW Government, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand, have been proactive in putting numerous workable solutions forward that have now enabled us to adjust the draw. The final revised draw will see the Australia v New Zealand match originally scheduled for the 12th December as a double-header at ANZ Stadium moved to 31st October at ANZ Stadium as a stand-alone game. The South Africa v Argentina match as planned on the 12th December at ANZ Stadium has been moved to the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.”

“This year has been a year of continued adjustment where the SANZAAR partners have had to compromise on a number of levels. It is important to further acknowledge the sacrifice of a number of the players and team management that will have been away from home for close to six months by the time The Rugby Championship has concluded. This is again a testament to the strong values that encompass our game.”

“I would also like to thank our rights-holding broadcasters for accommodating this late change and for continuing to support us through these challenges as well as the New South Wales Government for its support and flexibility with regard to the tournament and match venues.”

“The 12-match Rugby Championship is now all set for kick-off. The Argentina Pumas have already arrived in Australia and we all look forward to an exciting and vibrant tournament that will undoubtedly showcase the best of southern hemisphere rugby,” added Marinos.

Rugby Australia Interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke said: “I really have to thank the New South Wales Government, under the leadership of Gladys Berejiklian as well as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Government in Queensland for their flexibility and support in accommodating this late change.

“Both Governments have been terrific partners in ensuring this tournament goes ahead and in helping deliver world-class Rugby for fans across New South Wales and Queensland as well as to the global television audience that will be tuning in.

“I’m pleased this draw is now resolved and that the SANZAAR joint venture has reached a suitable compromise. Each party has had to sacrifice something, and I think that is a true indication of the strength of the SANZAAR alliance,” Clarke said.

New Rugby Championship 2020 Schedule

Saturday 31 October
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
19:45 AEDT – Australia v New Zealand

Saturday 7 November 2020
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
17:00 AEDT – Argentina v South Africa
19:45 AEDT – Australia v New Zealand

Saturday 14 November
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
17:00 AEDT – New Zealand v Argentina
19:45 AEDT – South Africa v Australia

Saturday 21 November
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
17:00 AEDT – New Zealand v South Africa
19:45 AEDT – Australia v Argentina

Saturday 28 November
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
17:00 AEDT – Argentina v Australia
19:45 AEDT – South Africa v New Zealand

Saturday 5 December
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
17:00 AEDT – Argentina v New Zealand
19:45 AEDT – Australia v South Africa

Saturday 12 December
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
19:45 AEDT – South Africa v Argentina

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