Internationals New Zealand Rugby confirm talks for All Blacks v Australia Kangaroos match

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Mark Robinson confirms New Zealand Rugby in talks for All Blacks v Kangaroos hybrid cross-code match

Mat Kermeen and Zoe George
14:53, Jun 25 2020

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Mark Robinson has confirmed negotiations have been underway for a hybrid 14-a-side match against Mal Meninga's Kangaroos.

Robinson said NZR are interested in learning more about the concept that could be hugely lucrative for NZR and the ARL.

"We've had an approach," Robinson said of the game that could take place later this year.

"We'll work that through and go through the proper process... if we feel it has merit to take further.

"It's one of the many different options ... we are considering," Robinson said.

"It's not new. The last time NZR had an approach was in 2017."

Robinson said there were various reasons why that concept never got off the ground.

Meninga told The Courier-Mail the two parties "are in serious negotiations" and have a pencilled in a date of December 5 at a yet to be determined venue.

“I’m keen to make this happen. We want to play the All Blacks, hopefully, we can get the concept off the ground," Meninga told The Courier-Mail.

Robinson did confirm the main focus for the NZR was salvaging international rugby matches in the wake of the Covid-19 interruption.

"Our priority is on the All Blacks to play international rugby.

 

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isnt that fucken disrespectful to the NZ RL players? Honestly a game that mixes league and rugby should just be called rugby league. it really just seems a cash grab by NZ Rugby because Aust Rugby arent a real challenge. I hope it just goes away.
 

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isnt that fucken disrespectful to the NZ RL players? Honestly a game that mixes league and rugby should just be called rugby league. it really just seems a cash grab by NZ Rugby because Aust Rugby arent a real challenge. I hope it just goes away.
Yeah, it feels a little icky.
ARL/NRL/Kangaroos seem to only promote the international game when it suits them.
 
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isnt that fucken disrespectful to the NZ RL players? Honestly a game that mixes league and rugby should just be called rugby league. it really just seems a cash grab by NZ Rugby because Aust Rugby arent a real challenge. I hope it just goes away.
Especially when they aren't even top rugby league nation at present. Scared of getting beaten by the world number 1. Pussies
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isnt that fucken disrespectful to the NZ RL players? Honestly a game that mixes league and rugby should just be called rugby league. it really just seems a cash grab by NZ Rugby because Aust Rugby arent a real challenge. I hope it just goes away.
Weren’t the ABs approached by ARL rather than the other way around? There’s a push in some circles in Aus to pretty much absorb union, for some reason they seem to think NZ rugby would go for it...
This year seems fine to try shit like this, it’s not like much else can happen this year internationally
 
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Yeah, it feels a little icky.
ARL/NRL/Kangaroos seem to only promote the international game when it suits them.
Yeah was a harsh comment about wanting to promote and showcase league internationally... isn’t that what international league is supposed to do?
 

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Yeah was a harsh comment about wanting to promote and showcase league internationally... isn’t that what international league is supposed to do?
arrogant bastards - I'm afraid they inherited that attitude from the rah rahs over here
 

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I will watch ..Really keen to see how Rene Ranger goes I heard we were in talks with him a little while ago
 
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