SANZAAR bosses haven’t given up on staging a full Rugby Championship this year and say it could unfold inside an Australian eastern seaboard bubble.
Marinos told stuff.co.nz the tournament could run through to December if travel and health restrictions can cater for an eight-week window.
Western Australia has been touted as a possible “bubble” host for every game but Marinos said Sanzaar would look more closely at the opposite coast.
“If we were going to create any bubbles we would certainly be looking at the eastern seaboard of Australia for that,” Marinos said.
“T hat’s not to say we couldn’t play a game in Perth, but I think there’s a greater concentration of players, if we were to do that – it would be on the eastern seaboard.”
A schedule must work in with a potential four-match Bledisloe Cup series which is thought to include an opening Test in Wellington on October 10 – probably falling outside the Rugby Championship window.
Meanwhile, Marinos again quashed numerous reports that Super Rugby will be overhauled from 2021, including the shedding of teams from South Africa and Argentina.
“I have actually been quite bemused by it all because it is more just coming out of certain sectors within New Zealand around not wanting to play in South Africa and wanting to do their own thing,” he said.
“It just seems to be a bit of a chorus in this part of the world (Australasia).”
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