New Zealand, Australia agree dates for Bledisloe Cup tests

The two matches will be played in October

The two matches will be played in October

New Zealand has confirmed it will relax its strict rules to ensure the Wallabies can prepare properly for the Bledisloe Cup Tests across the Tasman in October.

Rennie said he would not accept such restrictions on the Wallabies, who were reportedly pencilled in to face the All Blacks on October 10, for what will be the New Zealander's first Test as coach of the Australian team.

"We just want to make sure that ... we go there and they go here and it is a fair arrangement", Ardern told radio Newstalk ZB.

Reports on Monday night suggested Rugby Australia had presented their New Zealand counterparts with three Bledisloe Cup options; to push the back-to-back Tests to October 17 and 24; bring both of the Tests across to Australia where quarantine restrictions have already been adjusted for sporting teams; or to play just one Test on New Zealand soil on October 17.

"I'm sure players with newborn babies, soon-to-be-fathers will have conversations and make those decisions in their own time with [All Blacks coach] Ian Foster and the management".

"I don't think that's going to be necessary, I do think we'll find a solution that works for both sides", Ardern said of the October 10 date and bringing the Wallabies to New Zealand.

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Foster said he had spoken to the players named in the reports and insisted it wasn't true. "We're looking forward to it and now can't wait to sort out these Bleds".

"Dave (Rennie) and the team are incredibly excited about the prospect of playing in New Zealand", he said in a statement. But at the same time we were busy talking hard with the Government about relaxing it.

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"I think the future of Super Rugby, the core will be New Zealand and Australia".

Ardern is now confident the Wallabies will agree to the new conditions and the Tests would go ahead, with the dates and locations still to be confirmed.

"I will be trying to do the same", she said. "We've got to go back out and we've got to fight for it again, and it's never a given", she added.

"The director general of health has already said "look, training can happen after three days - full squads at six". Really can't see any reason we can't be playing on that weekend".

"There's been encouraging news on the Bledisloe Cup this week".

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