New Zealand Rugby exploring all options for Black Ferns

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The announcement comes after a World Rugby meeting which looked at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic facing the global calendar.


NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said: "With so much uncertainty around international travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision was really taken out of our hands.  From a New Zealand point of view, we are taking a pragmatic approach to the international Test programme.

"We are working hard to explore any and every opportunity to play All Blacks Tests as well as Black Ferns Tests this year and watching with keen interest any Government discussions on a possible trans-Tasman bubble with Australia.

"Women's rugby continues to be at the forefront of all our planning. We still have lots of work to do during these uncertain times, but preparation for Rugby World Cup 2021 remains a priority and the Farah Palmer Cup (FPC) is a key part of that," Robinson added.

"We are working hard with Provincial Unions and the New Zealand Rugby Players' Association on the FPC and will have an update on that in due course."



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