Rugby Australia is hoping for an end to the Covid crisis in NSW by September and booked in the SCG for its first rugby test in 35 years.
The Wallabies are set to play the Springboks at the venue in the World Cup winner’s first overseas match since their 2019 triumph in Japan.
Australia was supposed to play France at the SCG before the match was moved to Brisbane, which is hosting the series-deciding third clash between the two nations on Saturday.
But the SCG has been booked in again in the hope the Springboks, who chose not to participate in the Rugby Championship last year, will travel to Australia.
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Canberra will also host the Wallabies for the first time in four years, for a clash with Argentina, with Newcastle also set for a clash between the two teams.
RA chief executive Andy Marinos said there was no guarantee the SCG test would go ahead, and any crowd restriction could impact their decision.
“We are of course incredibly cognisant of the ever-changing landscape due to COVID-19 and that there may be restrictions on stadium capacities as well as the fixture itself.” he said.
“Our best intentions are to play the games as scheduled but will continue to work with our government partners and the respective health authorities in ensuring the fixtures are delivered safely for all fans, players and staff.”
The Wallabies are also set to play the All Blacks in Perth, Wellington and Auckland as part of the Bledisloe Cup.
2021 Bledisloe Cup Series
New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 7 August at Eden Park, Auckland at 5.05pm AEST*
Wallabies’ fixtures in the Rugby Championship
Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 21 August at Optus Stadium, Perth at 6.00pm AWST*
New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 28 August at Sky Stadium, Wellington at 5.05pm AEST*
South Africa v Wallabies, Sunday 12 September at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney at 3.00pm AEST
Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 18 September at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 3.00pm AEST
Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 25 September at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 7.45pm AEST
Argentina v Wallabies, Saturday 2 October at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 8pm AEST
*forms part of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup Series
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