Rugby Australia announces fixture changes amid Covid chaos

Rugby Australia announces fixture changes amid Covid chaos

As Sydney continues to report locally acquired cases of Covid-19, Rugby Australia has announced changes to its upcoming fixtures.

Rugby Australia has relocated the Wallabies’ first Test of their upcoming series against France from the SCG to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The move comes as Sydney continues to report locally acquired cases of Covid-19, and means Brisbane will play host to both the first and third Tests of the three-match series.

The first Test will be contested on July 7 as planned, with tickets on sale from Tuesday at 12pm AEST.

“It’s never an easy decision to move a fixture,” Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement released Sunday.

“(But) one thing that the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us is that we have to be able to pivot quickly.”

In addition, RA has postponed the Wallaroos’ Samoa series, originally scheduled for July. The second match of the two-Test series had been booked for Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval.

The move comes after the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup was pushed back until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were faced with yet another challenge and we knew we had to respond swiftly,” Marinos said.

“We will continue to work with the respective health authorities around Australia to ensure all events are safely delivered for fans, players and officials.”

Marinos has been RA’s CEO since December 2020. (Photo by Wendell TEODORO / AFP)Source:AFP

The Wallabies’ SCG Test was set to be their first at the iconic ground in 35 years.

Regardless of the venue change, the series opener will be the side’s first midweek Test in Australia since 2012.

Les Bleus have not visited Australia since 2014, when the Wallabies recorded a clean sweep of the three-Test series. Since then, the nations have faced off in two Tests, with Australia winning the most recent encounter in November 2016.

eToro France Series

Wallabies v France, Wednesday 7 July, 8.00pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Wallabies v France, Tuesday 13 July, 8.00pm AEST at AAMI Park, Melbourne

Wallabies v France, Saturday 17 July, 8.00pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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