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All Black v Kangaroo Hybrid game proposed

All Black v Kangaroo Hybrid game proposed

Kangaroo Coach Mal Meninga has come out and discussed “secret” discussions taking place with the New Zealand Rugby Union about a proposed hyrid game of something between the rugby league Kangaroos and the New Zealand All Blackzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Meninga was quoted as saying “This would take the Kangaroos to the world. There will be global recognition.”


This is of course not the first time such a hybrid game has been proposed or in fact been played howeverzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tip: It won’t happen.

  • Dally M

    Why would the darkness bother wasting their time & risking injury, unless there was a boat load of cash.

    Which of course there wouldn’t be, because no one really gives a toss about international league.

    Guess Rugby has been getting a fair bit of press lately and League was feeling left out.

  • Hoss

    Wallabies being playing a ‘hybrid version’ for years under Cheika. One half of shit and one half of something vaguely resembling Rugby..

    • Yowie

      generous description

      • Hoss

        I’m a ‘glass half full” guy.

  • I vaguely remember, years ago, a hybrid between GAA and ARL. Not understanding the rules to either, and having little interest in watching fit men running around just for the sake of it, I wondered why. But I was a student and living in a student house with an Irish man who was mad keen on the GAA so it was on the TV.

    I never did understand it, really, but the two codes seemed more similar than league and union. Just what hybrid rules would you use? 15 players but only 6 phases? I think that will be a hard pass thanks.

    • ATrain

      I think it is 14 each side and 8 phases…the level of interest, as you suggest, would be limited.

      The only thing that might work would be a game of 7s. No need to modify anything as the scrums aren’t critical except for creating space (like RL) and I don’t think the lineout would be that much of an issue. You could have a four way tournament with the League and Union rep teams of each country – throw in Fiji who would probably have a decent team of 7s players in the NRL. I assume that, given the 7s players are full time professionals, that they would own the Leaguies who would have a different type of fitness (power vs endurance) and would struggle with the strategy but it is a way to get all the stars together. Perhaps you could play 7s but only allow 15s and 13s internationals to play.

    • Andrew Luscombe

      The Gaelic/Aussie Rules hybrid is called International Rules Football, and has been played every few years for a few decades now. It works alright.

      Mark Ella organised some hybrid rugby games a few years ago with League rules when the team with the ball is in their own half, and Union rules when in the attacking half. 13 players per side. It worked alright too.

      • Yowie

        The Mark Ella legend didn’t even need the extra achievement, but there you go.

        • Geoffro

          Reckon the players would have been confused as buggery trying to keep up and Ella on the sidelines having a great time and a bit of a laugh

  • Reds Revival

    I’m sure the Leaguies will meet it with the same level of enthusiasm as yourself Reg. A pointless game that will get no-one interested (and won’t prove anything for whoever is the winner) – IF it ever happens.

    • Geoffro

      As there could be no contested scrums or lineouts even if they played a half and half it does seem pointless and too skewed in the leaguies favor.Dont reckon too many incumbent ABs would be interested in a game of bargearse.

  • A Dingo Stole My Rugby

    “secret discussions”… I’m guessing it went something like this:

    The ARL: “G’day All Blacks, how about a hybrid game so we can ride on your international profile coat-tails?”

    All Blacks: “F*ck off”.

    • Dally M

      You gotta love the spin the league reporters are trying to put on this.

      Articles that say – “Both the Australian Rugby League and the New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Thursday they are considering the potentially historic clash, under a mixed rules format, following a proposal put forward by promoter Dean Lonergan for a game in early December.”

      Then you read the rugby press where NZ confirm they have been approached, but their priority is international rugby.

  • ATrain

    I grew up as a rugby league player in a predominantly league area and only came to rugby after leaving school.

    I love both games.

    I have absolutely no interest in watching this.

    I think it is an insult to the Wallabies and to the New Zealand RL team.

    And like the Floyd Mayweather vs Connor McGregor fight I suspect it would be a dud of a game.

    • ATrain

      just to clarify I did have probably half a dozen rugby games at school but only seriously started playing after leaving.

    • Damo

      Mate, I have the same playing background as you and share your sentiments for the idea. Likely dreamt up by a marketing “guru” who knows little about either code. Maybe they were delirious with a virus at the time.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Mate I’m with you. I played both games for a bit. I admit I learnt a lot about taking the ball into contact with League and enjoyed playing it for a bit but I got bored with the run tackle, run tackle, run tackle, run tackle, run tackle. kick and repeat. I have no interest in this and wouldn’t watch it. I actually think it’s an insult to both the Wallabies and the NZ Rugby League

      • ATrain

        I played both sports at Uni and would have called myself a Leaguie until the last year of a four year degree. I played front row in league and lock in rugby.

        By the end, I did become a little bored by my role in league – try and get back – take a run early in the tackle set – defend in the middle – chase hard on the kick – rinse and repeat ad nauseum. It’s probably different in other positions – those in what they (annoyingly) refer to as the spine.

        As a lock there were genuine challenges at scrum, lineout, ruck and maul as well as the running and tackling so I just found it more interesting (and a little less individualistic).

        But I still enjoy watching both games – just don’t want some half baked marketing bonanza that will inevitably be a dud of a game and leave everyone disappointed.

  • ATrain

    In breaking news which will surprise no one AJ thinks RA are doing a sh!t job.

    • Gun

      Fuck me, that’s a shock.

  • RF

    Rugby League fans couldn’t care less, rugby union fans couldn’t care less, who is this game for?

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