New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern rings Scott Morrison over Wallabies quarantine concerns

SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus

SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus

Among the players named were first-fives Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett, halfback TJ Perenara and winger Sevu Reece.

The New Zealand government has been forced to act after next month's Bledisloe Cup Tests were thrown in jeopardy because of the country's quarantine rules.

With a further 13 players in the squad having fewer than 10 caps to their name and a new coach, preparation time will be key if the Wallabies are to regain the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

Speaking to media today, Mo'unga said he was shocked by the reports.

"I believe so, " Ardern said.

"My view is that there are ways that we can accommodate our needs which is making sure it is done safely", Ardern said in Taupo on Thursday.

"I read that report yesterday and it was pretty frustrating that those headlines came out without any facts behind it", Foster told Newstalk ZB. No, we're not in trouble. We've been able to get facts around that and, now we're getting more information, we're talking to players one by one and looking at their situations. Of course we are.

"We're trying to be responsible employers and talk to a whole lot of players". But if we move the [second] Bledisloe back to [October 24], they want us to then embark on a Sunday with 46 players, without sufficient time to assess medically or give any player welfare family time.

Foster said he had not heard from any players that they did not want to travel across the Tasman. "But bear in mind I haven't spoken to 35 players yet". But I haven't heard from any player they're not coming. Given we had a bit of a deal - we go there, they come here, we both benefit.

After consulting Directer-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield, the NZ Government offered to allow the Wallabies to train in small groups from the third day and as a full group from the sixth day of their two-week quarantine period.

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The annual trans-Tasman series was again thrust into uncertainty on Sunday when Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said the current quarantine restrictions in New Zealand were unacceptable for his team to be able to prepare properly for the opening Test, which New Zealand Rugby had earmarked for October 10.

New Zealand has confirmed it will relax its strict rules to ensure the Wallabies can prepare properly for the Bledisloe Cup Tests across the Tasman in October.

"Very thrilled with that even though we're bitterly disappointed we're losing the Rugby Championship but we're finished sulking about that", Foster said.

"Now we know we have a nine-week stint in Australia that involves us coming out of quarantine on the 19th December", Foster said. We listened to that. "But at the same time were talking hard to the Government about relaxing it. And the negatives aren't insurmountable, just things we have to work through, but very confident we'll take a strong team to Australia".

Japan have not played a test match since their quarterfinal loss to eventual champions South Africa at last year's Rugby World Cup on home soil.

"Really, I don't think there's any excuse for them not to come over and play in that weekend (October 10-11)", he told reporters.

New Zealand was confirmed to host two Bledisloe Cup tests after missing out on the hosting rights for the Rugby Championship due to restrictive quarantine protocols.

"I wouldn't say we blew it". It looks like it because we had it and then it went. "We just want to make sure that, you know, we go there and they go here and it is a fair arrangement".

The announcement that the Wallabies will be able to start training after three days and commence full squad sessions after six days should be a massive relief to NZ Rugby after it lost the hosting rights for the Rugby Championship last week.

"We were allocated test matches to play in the eight nations".

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