“Australian Rugby Helped By Corona Virus To Stay Unbeaten” – Grant Robertson


New Zealand sports minister Grant Robertson has referred to a joke that is doing the rounds claiming one of the best things about the coronavirus was that the Wallabies would have an unbeaten season. Robertson and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield took part in a discussion relating to the return of sport in New Zealand on Sky Sport’s The Breakdown show on Tuesday.

Robertson confirmed hopes were high that a bubble would allow travel between New Zealand and Australia in the second half of 2020. This would allow New Zealand and Australia to play a three or four-match series for the Bledisloe cup which New Zealand has won for the past nineteen years.

“There’s a lot of goodwill to do it. Both countries have done really well compared to the rest of the world in terms of how we’ve got on top of the virus. [Prime Minister] Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, have been talking.

“Both of them recognise it’s not going to happen right away. We’ve got to be really comfortable we’re on top of the virus and the last thing either of us would want to be responsible for would be reintroducing it to the other country.