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Post by Rugby Fan on Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9:46 am

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=12343030

New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson has confirmed the All Blacks are in talks to play the Kangaroos in a potentially lucrative cross-code clash later this year.

Reports from Australia's Courier Mail emerged on Thursday stating the All Blacks and Mal Meninga's Australian rugby league team would meet in a hybrid international following "top-secret negotiations" between New Zealand Rugby and the National Rugby League.

As it stands, the All Blacks are scheduled to play the Wallabies in a four-match Bledisloe Cup series, with the first test pencilled in for October 10 and likely to be staged in Wellington, but this situation remains fluid while borders remain closed.

During a wide-ranging conference call with media on Thursday, Robinson confirmed the Kangaroos match was also on the table.

"The concept of the All Blacks playing the Kangaroos later in the year, we must be very clear that our priority is we want the All Blacks to play international rugby for the remainder of the year and we've talked about the uncertainty associated with that," Robinson said.

"But absolutely we've had the option put to us of this hybrid game with the Kangaroos. It's one of many different scenarios in a unique year like this that we're considering, looking to be innovative and having a focus on trying to consider revenue-generating ideas at this time given then financial climate we're in."

Three years ago reports suggested the one-off match could generate each team $10 million.

"The last time New Zealand Rugby had an approach was in 2017 and at that stage for various reasons it wasn't taken any further. We're interested in learning more, as we are a whole range of things that are being put to us at the moment.

"We'll go through the proper process in terms of making a decision if we feel it's got merit to take it further."



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Post by Brendan on Thu 25 Jun 2020, 7:29 pm

I know Bath did this in the 90s but it seems a bit desperate but I guess the only other nations they could have played would be the PIs.

For RA it's a lose lose. If the Kagaroos do better against NZ then the union team RA loses more fans. If NZ were to make more money from this then the bedisloe it would show how little the Bedisloe is worth. You would think that RA should be trying hijack this or try play the NZ league team to grow their own cash.

Or both nations could play the PIs but it isn't a WC year.

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Post by Rugby Fan on Fri 26 Jun 2020, 8:17 am

Already reports doing the rounds that it won't happen

Plans for a historic cross-code clash between the All Blacks and the Kangaroos could already be "dead in the water", according to a report out of Australia.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=12343169

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Post by Duty281 on Fri 26 Jun 2020, 8:24 am

Hopefully it won't happen. Don't understand the point or interest in cross-sport matchups e.g. Bath/Wigan in 96, Mayweather/Mcgregor in boxing, Toney going over to UFC.

All Blacks will beat the Kangaroos by a boatload in rugby union. The reverse will happen in rugby league. There's no intrigue or mystery there.

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