NSW Waratahs CEO Paul Paul Doorn said they are "incredibly disappointed" not to be able to play in Tamworth but remain committed to bringing a game to the city.
When that might be feasible Doorn isn't in a position to say with the competition, as society is, facing uncertain times as a result of coronavirus crisis.
"We are genuinely taking every day as it comes," he said.
The Waratahs were to have played the Bulls in what would have been an historic clash at Scully Park on Saturday night but the game was cancelled when the Super Rugby competition was suspended.
It was to be the first time the Waratahs have played a Super Rugby fixture in Country NSW. and Doorn said they were anticipating one of their biggest crowds of the season.
"We're incredibly disappointed we can't get there on this occasion but that's not to say we won't try and do something in the future that's for sure," he said.
"From both the players' and the clubs perspective we saw that game against the Bulls at Scully Park as an amazing opportunity to get to a regional location where we knew the crowd was going to have a fantastic time. They were going to travel from far and wide."
The players too were looking forward to it.
Glen Innes native Alex Newsome and Coonamble boy Ned Hanigan especially had been really pumping up the players about getting out into regional NSW and engaging with the bush fan base, he said.
The government's introduction of restrictions on public gatherings of over 500 cast some doubt about the game going ahead in Tamworth. The restrictions would have prevented spectators from attending, contravening one of the main reasons for the Waratahs bringing a game to Tamworth.
Doorn said they were weighing up their options from what was known at the time.
"One of the options for us was to say look could we move the game back to Sydney, therefore keeping all those other things in place to take another game out there," he said.
In the end it was taken out of their hands when New Zealand, and Australia not long after, shut their borders, making it impossible for the competition continue.
Acknowledging that big sporting events in regional NSW inject so much into the community and the local economy Doorn said they "would love to be able to come back".
"I say that not knowing what the future holds but certainly a key driver of our business model is around engaging with the communities," he said.
"It's an important part about what we think works really well, is actually getting out and about and playing in front of not just Sydney-based [fans] in Sydney venues but across the state as well."
"It's probably helped by the fact that at the moment our home ground is out of action for the next couple of years."
"Whilst ever that's the case then I think it's really important to look at opportunities to take the game to regional NSW."
The game was made possible through a joint grant from the NSW government's Office of Sport and Drought Relief Fund.
Doorn has been in discussions with the government about where that stands now.
"Is it something that we can rollover and then when the competition reschedules, whether it is this year or next year, we can just use those funds to do that?," he said.
"If there is the possibility to be able to hang onto the funding to be able to do that sort of stuff in the future, that would be great."
The likelihood is though that it won't be this year.
Doorn praised the "amazing job" NSW Rugby Development Officer for the New England Region, Garry Walsh had done in really engaging the community. He said Wests Entertainment Group CEO Rod Laing had also been "fantastic".
There was a ray of hope for rugby supporters on Friday, with Rugby Australia confirming a new domestic competition for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.
The competition will involve the four Australian franchises, and possibly the Western Force, playing within Australia only, in a round robin home-and-away format beginning on April 3.
The specifics of the draw, and other details, are still to be finalised but in line with Government restrictions all matches would be played in closed venues.