Coronavirus: All Blacks could base themselves in Australia for quickfire Rugby Championship

A quickfire Rugby Championship could see the All Blacks based in Australia later this year.

Coronavirus has played havoc with sport's leagues and tournaments all around the world, and rugby is no exception.

Super Rugby is currently on hold and doubtful to return this season, given all four countries involved are operating under strict border controls.

But the Rugby Championship is apparently still on the table, with the Sydney Morning Herald revealing the SANZAAR nations are considering a six-week tournament later in the year. 

"There is definitely a collective commitment to prioritising test-match footy," Rugby Australia professional services general manager Ben Whitaker told the SMH.

All games would take place in one country, and likely one city or state. 

"As soon as we get the okay from a community perspective to go, we will go," Whittaker added. "If that means going into November or December, depending on where we get to with July tests, we will consider that as well. 

"Everyone is ready." 

The report suggests Australia represents the middle ground geographically and Perth could be an ideal location for such a tournament, as its time zone suits South Africa and Argentina better than the eastern seaboard. 

Western Australia has had just 517 confirmed coronavirus cases, compared to New South Wales' 2863.

The original schedule had an August 8 start date, with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium and the Springboks playing the Pumas in Johannesburg.