Rugby Australia is in talks with the government about allowing New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina’s teams to enter the country and be based in a “hub” for a condensed Rugby Championship later in the year.
After a two-month lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, Australian authorities have allowed sports to restart domestic competition, but international fixtures remain in doubt due to travel curbs and border controls.
Sanzaar, comprised of partner rugby unions in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina, is the governing body of the four-nation Rugby Championship and Super Rugby.
Australian and New Zealand officials have spoken for weeks of opening up a “trans-Tasman bubble” of restriction-free travel between the two countries, which have reduced Covid-19 infections to a trickle.
Clarke confirmed RA was trying to extend the annual Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and All Blacks to four Tests from the usual three.