Rugby Australia will 'do everything in its power' to ensure All Blacks are home for Christmas

Rugby Australia is promising to do everything it can to find a "reasonable resolution" surrounding the All Blacks Christmas quarantine dilemma.

SANZAAR confirmed the draw for the tournament on Thursday, which begins on November 7 and ends in mid-December, with the All Blacks facing Australia in their first and last games.

But the schedule means All Blacks players and staff face Christmas Day in quarantine, due to New Zealand's two-week COVID-19 isolation rules.

NZ Rugby boss Mark Robinson expressed his disappointment at the December 12 scheduling of the final test against the Wallabies, saying NZR is seeking alternatives.

"We were working on the understanding, and all our planning and scheduling was on the basis that the All Blacks' last match would be on December 5 to give our players and management time to get home, undertake the 14 days' quarantine back in New Zealand, and then be with their families for Christmas, as will be the case for the other three teams in the tournament," he says. 

"We understand the commercial considerations in the scheduling. However, the wellbeing of our people is an incredibly important factor in this also."

Interim Rugby Australia chief executive Rob Clarke says they supported altering the draw, but no agreement to end the tournament by December 5 was ever signed after SANZAAR rejected two seperate proposals.

But he says RU will continue to work with NZR to try and find a suitable resolution.

"No one wants players and team management to be away from their families and in quarantine over Christmas," he says.

"Rugby Australia will do everything in its power to help assist New Zealand Rugby and the team in finding a reasonable resolution, and in urging them to exhaust every possible alternative. 

"There are still more than two months to go before December 12 so we have plenty of time to find a solution.

"We will continue to work with New Zealand Rugby and support them however we can, just like we are doing with the Springboks and Argentina in assisting with their travel plans, as well as making their stay in Australia as safe and as comfortable as possible during the tournament.

"There have been a number of sacrifices made by each of the SANZAAR joint venture partners to get this far and I want to thank all of them for their flexibility and adaptability.

"There is obviously a lot to achieve in the coming months but I’m confident that under the leadership of each of the joint venture partners, that the 2020 Rugby Championship in Australia will be a great success."