Touch Football Australia (TFA) and Touch New Zealand (TNZ) have once again been forced to postpone the Open’s Trans-Tasman event set to be held in April in Newcastle due to continued travel restrictions between the countries.

The Trans-Tasman event was set to take place in Newcastle between the 22nd and 24th April. TFA and TNZ remain strongly committed to hosting the representative Trans-Tasman events. Both organisations will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID pandemic over the coming weeks and hope to find a suitable date for a return to international Touch Football between the two nations at some stage this year.

TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor looks forward to a time when the Emus and Touch New Zealand can go head-to-head again. “We are deeply committed to the restoration of international Touch Football and can’t wait to see our Emus take on the Touch Blacks again. We are looking forward to the easing of restrictions on Trans-Tasman travel and hope that will happen in time to allow an international series to be played this year.”

Touch NZ CE Joe Sprangers expressed his thanks to TFA for their supportive approach to working through the issues of the past two years, while looking forward to the next opportunity the nations can engage on the playing field once again.

The inaugural Bristol Paint Aus Open that was scheduled to occur in conjunction with the PainAway Australian Emu’s training camp on the Gold Coast on January 29th, will now be held in Newcastle replacing the Opens Trans-Tasman on Saturday 23rd April 2022.

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