The All Blacks will be home for Christmas with a revised Rugby Championship draw approved on Thursday evening.
Tournament stewards SANZAAR and “hub” hosts Rugby Australia agreed to ditch one of the tournament’s double-headers and instead bring the opening clash between the Wallabies and All Blacks forward one week to Oct. 31.
It means the two nations will face each other four times in five weeks, with the first of two Bledisloe Cup encounters in New Zealand to be played on Sunday in Wellington and the second a week later in Auckland.
The change in schedule means the Rugby Championship will now be contested over seven weeks, with the final matchday now pitting only Argentina against South Africa at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium.
“I really have to thank the New South Wales Government, under the leadership of Gladys Berejiklian as well as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Government in Queensland for their flexibility and support in accommodating this late change,” said Rugby Australia Interim Chief Executive