Australia’s Rugby body, Rugby Australia (RA) is looking to establish a quarantine hub so that the Rugby Championship can be exclusively hosted by it. Apart from Australia’s own federal government, it is also in touch with rival teams of New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa.
The interim CEO of RA, Rob Clarke also is looking to secure a four-test Bledisloe Cup series with the All Blacks. He also said that apart from Monday’s announcement of job cuts, a third of the national body’s full-time staff will lose their jobs over the coming months.
Clarke said, “We’re exploring whether there can be a ‘bubble’ here in Australia and we fly in all of the Sanzaar partners. They could be in a training bubble and then we can quarantine effectively and play a competition.”
About the Bledisloe Cup, he said, “It’s a great product, gains a lot of attention and we feel at least a four-game series is something we can work into the calendar this year to work for them and us.”
With regards to cost-cutting, Clarke revealed that every RA department had been reviewed, leading to 47 of the 142 full-time staff losing their jobs. A further 30 contractors and casual employees would also be terminated.
He also spoke about the Wallabies, “A key part of our financial underpinning is a successful Wallabies. It’s not everything, but it’s certainly key so we’ll be protecting that as much as possible.”