The Wallabies’ first Test of the year against France on July 7 will be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, but as dispensation the SCG will now host the Springboks in September.
Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marino made the announcement on Sunday afternoon, just 24 hours after the Sydney sports market was thrown into chaos following the new lockdown measures which extend until July 9.
Perth’s Optus Stadium would likely have been given the Test were it not for France only completing their mandatory two-week quarantine period on the match eve.
RA took the view it would have been unfair on France to impose on them another six-hour trip so soon after completing quarantine.
“It’s never an easy decision to move a fixture,” Marinos said.
“One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that we have to be able to pivot quickly. Following the announcement yesterday, we were faced…