Next weekend’s game between the Waratahs and Hurricanes is going ahead as scheduled for now, but officials are monitoring the suspension of the trans-Tasman bubble between Sydney and New Zealand.
The New Zealand Government announced on Thursday night that quarantine free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand would be suspended for 48 hours from 11.59pm Thursday.
While the current halt is only for a couple of days, if there are more Covid-19 cases emerging from the latest outbreak in Sydney, that suspension would be extended.
The inaugural Super Rugby trans-Tasman competition is set to kick off next weekend and the fixture under the biggest risk is the Waratahs’ game against the Hurricanes at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Friday night.
The Hurricanes would be expected to fly to Sydney by Wednesday or Thursday for the game.
The other round one games are Highlanders v Reds in Dunedin, Crusaders v Brumbies in Christchurch, Rebels v Blues in Melbourne and Force v Chiefs in Perth.
While the Hurricanes would be able to fly to Sydney, they would have issues returning to the country if the travel pause continues.
The Brumbies may also need to alter their travel plans to Christchurch as they might need to come to New Zealand via Melbourne, rather than the usual route through Sydney Airport.
Sanzaar, New Zealand Rugby, the Australian Rugby Union and Hurricanes are likely to take a wait and see approach during the 48-hour suspension and a Sanzaar spokesperson told Nine in Australia that there were no planned changes to the schedule at this point.
Last month NZR head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum said contingencies were put in place for coronavirus cases emerging on either side of the Tasman.
“Obviously, we’re hoping that the six-week tournament can go off without a hitch, but I think we’ve learnt enough over the last 12 months that it might not,” Lendrum said last month.
“We wait for circumstances to arise, we know what contingencies we’ve got in our back pocket and we move when we need to.”
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