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    681 cases today.

    Surely the skipper will wave them in at some point, they've got enough on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    681 cases today.

    Surely the skipper will wave them in at some point, they've got enough on the board.
    don't think so,after all this is a timeless test!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    681 cases today.

    Surely the skipper will wave them in at some point, they've got enough on the board.
    I read today that Ruby Bjk has caved in to whingers and is reopening kids playgrounds. The loonies haven't taken over. They have run the asylum for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    don't think so,after all this is a timeless test!
    Gladys thinks she's batting on Day 2 at Adelaide Oval.

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    Hmmm. Hopefully this doesn't affect the Optus game in Perth (presumably not?) ...

    Exclusive: Sanzaar considering shock Rugby Championship relocation

    By Tom Vinicombe

    3:13pm, 19 August 2021

    While the bulk of the Rugby Championship was set to be played in Australia this year due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, RugbyPass understands that the competition is potentially set for a surprise relocation on the back of a Covid outbreak in New Zealand.

    Sources have confirmed to RugbyPass that Sanzaar are weighing up shifting the Rugby Championship to Europe for the remainder of the competition, following the Springboks’ match with Argentina this weekend.

    Four double-headers are tentatively being planned for Paris, London, Dublin and Cardiff.

    The lingering impacts of the pandemic forced an unusual scheduling set-up for 2021, with five matches planned for New Zealand, five for Australia and two for South Africa.

    That draw was contingent on an ongoing travel corridor between Australia and New Zealand, however, which shut earlier this month due to a flare-up in New South Wales.

    Four of the five matches in New Zealand were expected to be relocated to Western Australia until earlier this week, when the coronavirus reemerged in NZ. Australia have since closed any quarantine-free travel between the two neighbouring nations, which would make it exceptionally difficult for the competition to continue under the current schedule as the All Blacks are currently still at home in New Zealand, and their next Bledisloe Cup clash with the Wallabies is due to be played in nine days.

    Limited stadium availability in Australia would also make it difficult to stage major matches over consecutive weekends, with Queensland currently playing host to the NRL and AFL matches already potentially lined up for Perth’s Optus Stadium.

    Currently, it’s possible to travel from New Zealand and Australia to the UK via Singapore without any isolating required upon arrival in Europe, making the continent a potentially perfect host for the Rugby Championship.

    Double-headers in the major rugby centres of Europe loom as incredibly tantalising for the respective Sanzaar unions from a commercial point of view and with the wider populations of the nations set to be involved already predominantly vaccinated, full crowds would be expected for the games.

    In particular, the first game between the All Blacks and the Springboks will mark the 100th match between the two proud nations and would likely draw plenty of attention from fans across Europe.

    The relocation would mark the second time that a Tri-Nations or Rugby Championship match had been played outside of the Sanzaar countries. In 2016, the Pumas ‘hosted’ the Wallabies at Twickenham, with Australia prevailing 33-21. In 2011, following the Christchurch earthquakes, a Super Rugby game between the Crusaders and Sharks was also played at Twickenham.

    With the first round of the Australia-based portion of the Rugby Championship scheduled for next weekend, Sanzaar are expected to make an announcement regarding plans for the remaining matches of this year’s Rugby Championship competition shortly.

    https://www.rugbypass.com/news/rugby...wing-outbreak/

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    Am I hearing Bledisloe Perth is cancelled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthMoose View Post
    Am I hearing Bledisloe Perth is cancelled?
    cancelled or "paused".

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    So frustrating if true!! Seriously surely something could have been organised.. I feel if it was the AFL grand final it would have been put on no matter what..

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    cancelled or "paused".
    All Blacks Twitter account saying all travel to Perth is paused and they will not leave this weekend, not looking promising.

    NZR has also confirmed that, given the current uncertainty over The Rugby Championship schedule, it has made the decision not to send the All Blacks to Perth this weekend for the third Bledisloe Cup Test which was scheduled to be played at Optus Stadium on Saturday 28 August.

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    Confirmation of cancellation from Nick Taylor at the West:

    All Blacks v Wallabies Bledisloe Cup match at Optus Stadium cancelled amid New Zealand lockdown

    The Bledisloe Cup clash planned for August 28 at Optus Stadium has been cancelled, New Zealand Rugby announced on their website this morning.

    “Given the current uncertainty over The Rugby Championship schedule, it (NZR) has made the decision not to send the All Blacks to Perth this weekend for the third Bledisloe Cup Test which was scheduled to be played at Optus Stadium on Saturday 28 August,” they said.

    The All Blacks had been given a deadline of arriving in Perth on Saturday by the WA Health authorities for the game to go ahead.

    They had planned to fly into Perth from Auckland on Sunday, six days before the game, and join the Wallabies who have been in WA for a week and undergo regular COVID testing.

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    Got to feel that not being willing to fly a day early indicates a certain lack of commitment to making it work. Particularly compared to the Wallabies flying to NZ early before the first BC match, shifting a match to the bye week, swapping the second match for the dead rubber third, and moving all the arrangements for that match back a week.

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    Thanks Gladys

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    Surely there are enough kiwis in Perth Rugby who could put together a team that would beat a force-less wallabies

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    Got to feel that not being willing to fly a day early indicates a certain lack of commitment to making it work.
    The Federal Government has paused the one way travel bubble until 11:59pm AEST tonight so I guess they may not know if they can fly a day earlier at this stage.

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    I just heard that Bledisloe 3 at Optus Stadium has been postponed....

    looking for confirmation

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