NZR CEO Mark Robinson stated the choice was made due to the lack to guarantee the staff’s return to house.
“We stay 100% dedicated to enjoying in the complete Fortinet Rugby Championship in 2021 and are working carefully with SANZAAR to take a look at a spread of choices to reschedule these necessary matches.”
Moreover, 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 facet, the Black Ferns, had been scheduled to play the Wallaroos — the Australian ladies’s rugby staff — in Christchurch, on Sunday, September 26 and at Eden Park as a part of a double header with the All Blacks.
However after authorities recommendation that the 2019 World Cup winners and the Wallaroos wouldn’t be capable to enter New Zealand to play the matches “on account of COVID-19 journey restrictions,” the video games have been canceled.
Robinson stated each effort had been made to maintain the checks in New Zealand.
“Nevertheless, after discussions with Authorities, it’s clear that the Covid-19 journey restrictions meant there was no manner 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 indignant.”
“I believed New Zealand Rugby did not even have the respect to seek the advice of RA about their resolution in order that’s massively disappointing.”