New Zealand is looking to co-host this year’s Rugby Championship with one of its southern hemisphere partners, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Mark Robinson announced on Tuesday.
South Africa, though,has already indicated it is not interested in staging games.
Last year’s Rugby Championship (TRC) was held entirely in Australia due to the Covid-19 pandemic although it was rebranded the “Tri-Nations” after world champions South Africa pulled out.
South Africa, which is scheduled to host the British and Irish Lions tour in July-August, does not want to be involved in co-hosting the four-nation TRC, according to Robinson.
He says: “At this stage, they have signalled that they don’t wish to host the Rugby Championship this year.
“Our view at the moment is there may be a great opportunity to do a co-hosting format.
“We’ve got games the All Blacks are involved in that we’d love to host in New Zealand, so that’ll be something we’re working towards.
“But ultimately that’s a decision for Sanzaar to make with the feedback of its joint venture partners.”
Australia has already said it is pushing to host the entire Championship, which is likely to be staged in September-October.
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