Wallabies granted travel exemption to fly to NZ

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The Wallabies volition alert to Auckland arsenic planned connected Friday aft the New Zealand authorities granted them a question exemption to instrumentality a peculiar charter formation earlier the borderline closed.

Grant Robertson, NZ's curate of athletics and recreation, said the determination was made connected economical grounds with a sellout assemblage expected for the Bledisloe Cup opener connected August 7.

"This is important economically," Robertson said.

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"A Test lucifer is estimated to beryllium worthy betwixt (NZ) $17-20 cardinal successful spending for big regions, portion the broadcast rights supply overmuch needed income for the sport, which positively effects each levels of the game," Robertson said.

"Test rugby betwixt the All Blacks and the Wallabies is keenly anticipated by New Zealanders, and I invited the determination to let the Australian squad to question fixed the crippled was little than 2 weeks distant erstwhile trans-Tasman question was suspended.

"The Wallabies person been operating successful their ain bubble for immoderate time, and volition question from their basal successful Queensland connected a charter formation to Auckland connected Friday morning.

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Matt To'omua of Australia during a Bledisloe Cup lucifer astatine Sky Stadium successful Wellington. (Getty)

"They volition person to fulfil each mean obligations for question including antagonistic pre-departure tests wrong 72 hours of their travel.

"The exemption means the Bledisloe lucifer successful Auckland tin instrumentality spot connected August 7.

The archetypal docket included Bledisloe Tests successful Perth connected August 21 and Wellington connected August 28 but the NZ government's determination to propulsion intermission connected the trans-Tasman question bubble upset those plans.

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"Decisions connected the different games are babelike connected ongoing discussions betwixt New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia," Robertson said.

"This determination was not taken lightly by the authorities and fixed the Wallabies usage of a charter flight, determination is nary regularisation connected nationalist entree to a instrumentality formation to New Zealand."

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