All Blacks facing a Christmas in quarantine

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern says team unlikely to receive special treatment

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Aherne has said it is unlikely the All Blacks will receive special treatment after the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Aherne has said it is unlikely the All Blacks will receive special treatment after the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty

 

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water on the All Blacks’ hopes of avoiding Christmas in quarantine after the Rugby Championship, saying the team would be “uncomfortable” with being given special treatment.

The All Blacks will need to quarantine for 14 days when they return to New Zealand as part of Covid-19 protocols following their final match of the Rugby Championship on December 12th against Australia in Sydney.

New Zealand Rugby have complained that tournament organisers backflipped on an agreement that the All Blacks would finish a week earlier. NZR said they were working on solutions to the All Blacks’ dilemma but Ardern offered no government help on Monday.

“There are others who won’t want to be stuck in quarantine over Christmas, but that’s just the reality of our process,” Ardern told New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB. “I don’t think [the All Blacks] would feel that comfortable with us creating a different regime for them, because it exists for the same reason.”

Ardern held out some hope that travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand might be lifted before the end of the year in an interview with state broadcaster TVNZ.

Plans for a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand have been discussed for months, but they were disrupted after a resurgence of Covid-19 in Melbourne, Australia, followed by an outbreak in Auckland.

New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, who is a New Zealander, expressed sympathy for the All Blacks on Sunday.

“I know there is talk of a bubble opening up between New South Wales and New Zealand,” he said. “If that comes in before Christmas happens then it will be a non-issue and they will be able to go straight home to their families and that’s what we want.”

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