Rugby Australia wants another all-star team to join combined Wallabies and All Blacks side in playing the British and Irish Lions on 2025 tour
Plans for an all-star team comprising the best players from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Papua New Guinea are afoot, with Rugby Australia keen for the side to play the British and Irish Lions in 2025.
The Lions tour Australia every 12 years and will play a handful of warm up games before their three-Test series against the Wallabies. Thus far, it has been reported that they will play an Anzac XV featuring Australia and New Zealand stars, as well as the Waratahs, Reds and Brumbies.
And according to the Sydney Morning Herald, a proposal is being negotiated and an agreement needs to be reached within the next two months so Rugby Australia can begin selling tickets.
Indeed, Rugby Australia officials want to avoid blowout scores that fans have been accustomed to seeing in warm up matches and are of the view that all-star games involving Anzac and Pacific players could draw sizeable crowds.
New Zealand Rugby are open to sending players over for a warm up match but, as they are playing France in a three-Test series at the same time, will need to negotiate over player availability.
Rugby Australia want another all-stars team to take on the British and Irish Lions
The legendary team will tour Australia in 2025 and plans are afoot for a Pacific all-star team
Rugby Australia chairman also revealed that a spot in the Pacific team could be available for an NRL player ‘if they make the cut’.
Elsewhere, Brisbane could miss out on hosting rights for a Lions Test amid aggressive bids from the South Australia and Western Australia governments.
Sydney and Melbourne have been booked for two of the three Tests while Adelaide Oval and Optus Stadium lead the race for the other Test.