The Italian Rugby Union has confirmed that the summer tour of New Zealand originally scheduled for July 2021, with two Test matches against the All Blacks on July 3 and 10, will not take place.
The decision was made after consultations with World Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union and with the government and health authorities of the two countries and after exploring every possible alternative.
“Even in today’s rugby, the summer tours still represent a precious human and sporting adventure. A tour of New Zealand, and the opportunity to challenge the All Blacks in two back-to-back Test matches, is every player’s ambition. For our national team, for the many youngsters who have made an appearance on the international scene in In recent seasons, this summer’s tour has been an exceptional training moment.
After long and constructive consultations between our federations and their respective national authorities, and after exploring possible alternatives alongside World Rugby, we had to note, in spite of ourselves and our deep regret, how the current circumstances made it preferable to us. The national team to focus its energies before the fall series.
The 2021 international calendar will allow us to welcome the All Blacks into our country next fall, a date that already makes us committed to being able to offer our movement and our fans an unforgettable day of rugby and an important restart message,” announced FIR President, Marzio Innocenti.
OMNISPORT | 10-05-2021 13:00