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Wallabies’ Rennie says isolation protocols means no tests before Oct. 17

New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has warned New Zealand Rugby (NZR) that his side would not be playing any Bledisloe Cup tests before Oct. 17 because coronavirus protocols would not allow them to prepare properly for it.

SYDNEY (Reuters) –

New Zealander Rennie named an extended 44-man squad on Sunday for two tests against the All Blacks before both sides head back to Australia for the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship.

NZR said on Friday the two matches had yet to be confirmed but pencilled in Oct. 17 and 24 for the games, although earlier this year the matches were being considered for Oct. 10 and 17, something Rennie suggested was still being pushed.

“New Zealand Rugby’s got an expectation that we jump on a plane a day after the Super Rugby final (Sept. 19), have two weeks in quarantine where we can’t prepare as a team and play a test seven days later,” Rennie told reporters on Sunday.

“Under those quarantine arrangements I can assure you we won’t be playing a test that weekend (Oct. 10).”

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