This season, the Rugby Championship 2020 will be held in Australia in November and December declared by SANZAAR. All four member leagues of SANZAAR will take part and the declaration was made after a detailed evaluation of the right to host the New Zealand Rugby and Australian Rugby matches. Due to the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the event has moved away from the traditional August to September window.
The Rugby Championship (TRC) games will be played in Australia from 7th November to 12th December as part of the recently announced World Rugby-approved Southern Hemisphere game window. The tournament includes a six-week home and away tournament with 12 games in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Andy Marinos, CEO of SANZAAR, said: We are very pleased that SANZAAR is finally able to confirm the players and host countries of the Rugby Championship, and put an end to the ongoing assumption about the format and location of the tournament. Usually, The Rugby Championship (TRC) is played as an international, cross-border series of home and away games between South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia, but due to the pandemic, it is impossible to play this season.
Therefore, despite being a country, we as a team are still working hard to ensure that TRC is held this year. SANZAAR carefully evaluated the two hosting plans provided by New Zealand Rugby and Australian Rugby.
SANZAAR finally determined that according to the quarantine agreement (entry and training before the tournament) and commercial underwriting required by the government, the submission of Australian rugby is the most suitable and feasible in terms of the basic preparations for event logistics and pre-match preparations. The six-week game itself.
Marinos said that South Africa's participation has yet to be confirmed because it depends on many issues beyond SANZAAR's control. The growth and effect of the pandemic vary from nation to nation, and South Africa currently has suspended international sports competitions.
The participation of South Africa will depend on the relaxation of the suspension and the overcoming of many other logistical challenges, such as the opening of international air borders. South Africa is expected to resume the game only next month in October, so the preparation time is relatively short.