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Rugby Champs changes, but Boks still on to play in New Zealand

The revised schedule still allowed for the Tests between South Africa and New Zealand to be played on September 25 and October 2. The All Blacks will play back-to-back Tests against the Wallabies in Auckland and forfeit hosting Tests against Argentina after a Covid outbreak in Australia forced a revamp of the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship series.

The new schedule was released Tuesday after the original programme was thrown into chaos when New Zealand suspended quarantine-free travel with Australia.

The first two Bledisloe Cup Tests will now be played in Auckland over the next two weekends and the third, which was to have been held in Wellington on August 28, has been shifted to Perth.

Rather than have players face two weeks in quarantine on their return to New Zealand, they will remain in Australia to play their scheduled September 11 and 18 Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina.

The revised schedule still allowed for the Tests against South Africa on September 25 and October 2 to be played in New Zealand although this could change if the Covid outbreak in Australia continues.

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