SANZAAR Slams 'Misleading' Reports on Trans-Tasman Rugby

07 May 2020

SANZAAR has shot down reports that Australia and New Zealand will shift to organising Trans-Tasman games after the coronavirus crisis, criticising "misleading information and speculation".

Talk has been circulating about possible trans-Tasman fixtures after neighbours New Zealand and Australia, which have both seen significant drops in new infections, started easing strict lockdown rules.

SANZAAR, which groups South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, and administers the Rugby Championship test series and the Super Rugby club tournament, said none of the member nations had agreed on any new competition formats.

Newly re-elected World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said on Sunday that plans for a global season were in the early phases of discussion.

"Having spoken with my SANZAAR board members, I can confirm that none of the suggested models or structures that have been commented on recently, such as standalone Trans-Tasman formats, have been agreed by any of the SANZAAR unions individually or collectively," SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement. "All such reports are merely speculative and have no basis to them."

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