August 21, 2021
The All Blacks have cancelled their Bledisloe Cup match in Australia and two home Tests against South Africa due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
This after, New Zealand announced a snap lockdown following the country's first positive COVID-19 case in six months.
The All Blacks' third Bledisloe Cup Test, in Perth, was scheduled for 28 August and they were due to host South Africa on 25 September and 2 October.
New Zealand's women's side will also no longer host Australia, reveals BBCnews.com.
The Black Ferns were set to face Australia in Christchurch on 26 September, a day after the All Blacks faced South Africa in Dunedin, and at Eden Park on 2 October as part of a double header with the men's team.
Rugby Australia chief Andy Marinos claimed that he only heard of New Zealand's decision through the media.
In their statement, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said the decision was made following advice from relevant parties.
New Zealand's men began the Rugby Championship with a record victory against Australia on Saturday to claim a 19th successive Bledisloe Cup win.
New Zealand will host the women's Rugby World Cup in March 2022.
By Romeka Romena