NZ Rugby admits confusion over Super Rugby rest period

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Thursday, 28 March 2019, 8:01PM
Brrodie Retallick has been sent home from the Chiefs tour afterplaying six games. (Photo / Getty)

New Zealand Rugby high performance boss Mike Anthony accepts they didn't communicate the All Blacks conditioning plan for Super Rugby as best they could.

Anthony has moved to clarify some of the confusion around the rest weeks required for the All Blacks during the competition.

Brodie Retallick's headed home from the Chiefs tour after playing the opening six games, while other players have been rested after five.

Anthony says the agreement is no more than six consecutive games.

"We initially talked around five and then with some feedback from clubs we revised that and said six."

That is unless that is broken by a bye, in which case it restarts.

Anthony says it wasn't perfectly communicated.

"We could have probably got out there to people so they understood it and our reasons for i, and reinforcing the fact that it's not just about getting our All Blacks performing at the Rugby World Cup, we want them performing at the back end of Super Rugby."



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