Australia slammed New Zealand Rugby for a lack of respect Friday, with Wallabies coach Dave Rennie “bloody angry” after the All Blacks pulled the plug on travelling to Perth for Bledisloe III.
The two teams were due to play a Rugby Championship clash in the city on August 28, but NZR chief executive Mark Robinson said the All Blacks would not leave on Sunday as planned due to uncertainty around coronavirus travel restrictions.
Instead, the three-time world champions will remain at home until the tournament’s governing body SANZAAR considers and finalises plans for the rest of the pandemic-hit tournament, including an offer from South Africa to host the remainder of the games there.
New Zealand’s decision caught the Wallabies by surprise, with Rugby Australia chief Andy Marinos claiming he only learned about it through the media.
“It’s incredibly disappointing to be informed…