A limited travel bubble with Australia could help the All Blacks home by Christmas saga, but it would still need the Rugby Championship draw to be majorly altered or shortened by a week.

And given the current tensions between the Sanzaar partners’, there are no guarantees of that.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has opened the doors at the New South Wales and Northern Territory borders for New Zealand passengers, from October 16, with no quarantine period required.

Friday's announcement is a boost to the All Blacks chances of being home by for Christmas but it's not over the line yet.

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Friday’s announcement is a boost to the All Blacks chances of being home by for Christmas but it’s not over the line yet.

Friday’s announcement will mean neither the All Blacks or Wallabies will have to go through the managed isolation process when entering Australia for the Rugby Championship, after the two Bledisloe Cup tests that will be played in New Zealand later this month, provided they arrive in New South Wales.

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But crucially, if the current draw and Queensland border closures remain, Friday’s announcement won’t be a game-changer for the All Blacks or Wallabies who are scheduled to play their first match of the Rugby Championship in Brisbane on November 7, as are South Africa and Argentina.

Currently, a two-week isolation period remains after entering Queensland.

Even if the opening week of the Rugby Championship was moved to New South Wales, South Africa and Argentina are unlikely to agree to the proposed six-week Rugby Championship being brought forward a week just because the All Blacks and Wallabies don’t have to quarantine.

Especially given the fact the two countries have not been playing domestically as has been the case in New Zealand and Australia.

South Africa and Argentina are highly unlikely to be granted the same luxury of no 14-day quarantine even if they arrive into New South Wales.

The scheduled six-week Rugby Championship competition that would not finish until December 12, has led to an ongoing spat between the Sanzaar partners.

The All Blacks have been left fuming the 14-day quarantine process on their arrival home from Australia would man they would miss Christmas Day with their families because they would not exit managed isolation until December 27.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane has been pointing the finger over changed plans that could see his team in quarantine on Christmas Day.

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All Blacks captain Sam Cane has been pointing the finger over changed plans that could see his team in quarantine on Christmas Day.

“Our expectation and understanding had been that we’d be out [of quarantine] on the 20th, or 21st [of December],” All Blacks captain Sam Cane said. He also said: “We’re not going to just roll over and accept this.”

New Zealand Rugby, who say they are working through a number of scenarios to get the All Blacks back home to their families by Christmas Day, remains defiant they did not agree to playing on the weekend of December 12 because it meant its players would not be home in time for Christmas – despite a report from Australia suggesting they did.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said on Friday that – at this stage – New Zealand would not be opening its borders to visitors from New South Wales and Northern Territory without the quarantine process.

That means if the Sanzaar partners don’t agree to moving the draw forward or reducing it to a five-week competition and Ardern does not open up a similar bubble in the opposite direction to travellers from New South Wales and the and Northern Territory, the home for Christmas saga may be set to drag on.

“There was a deal based on the 5th [of December being the All Blacks’ final game], we feel that Sanzaar’s reneged on that, so we’ve put some solutions [forward], so we’ll wait and see,” All Blacks coach Ian Foster told Stuff on Thursday.

Regardless of the main issue of when the players will arrive home in New Zealand, Friday’s change could mean Foster will no longer need to name an extra 11 players to expand his 35-man squad to 46 as weeks two to five of the Rugby Championship are scheduled to be held in New South Wales.

With no 14-day quarantine period to enter New South Wales, those 11 players could remain on standby in New Zealand.

Ardern has previously reiterated quarantine rules won’t be changed to allow the All Blacks to have Christmas with their families.

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