Hybrid game a step closer for cash-strapped ARU
February 21, 2014
The cash-strapped Australian Rugby Union could be in line for a Aus$4 million (£2.2 million) injection of funds with a hybrid match between the Wallabies and England's national rugby league side looking increasingly likely.
In what would be the richest game of all time in either rugby code, promoters of the match, which would take place at Wembley Stadium on December 6, are said to be in advanced talks with broadcasters, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The 13-a-side match would net players up to $100,000 each, with the likes of Israel Folau and Quade Cooper lining up against the cream of England's league talent. ARU boss Bill Pulver said: "We have not agreed to this and we haven't received any form of proposal to review. Until that happens, it's pure speculation."
However former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer is working behind the scenes to ensure the game, which has also been endorsed by Mark Ella, Bob Fulton and Brad Fittler, happens.
"An agreement was reached between the two sides to play the game subject to the commercial terms being reached," Dwyer said.
The deal must be finalised by the end of March, in order to establish a broadcast time and gather sponsors. Under the proposed game's rules, teams will play league rules in their half and union rules in the opposition half, but have just 60 seconds to get out of their own half and another 60 seconds to score points.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Michael Downey, the new chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, believes young British players have to toughen up in order to become a success
Michael Wasley, who caused the biggest upset at the World Championship on Monday, has revealed he and his family lived in the same street as serial killer Fred West
Olivier Giroud has ruled out an Arsenal exit this summer, insisting he is staying to fight for his place and would consider signing a new deal
London Wasps are reportedly closing in on the signing of Glasgow Warriors' fly-half Ruaridh Jackson
Felipe Massa believes bad luck has masked his good form at the opening races of the season this year
In the wake of the Benji Marshall interlude with the Blues there is a lot of head scratching over what it was all about, Craig Dowd writes
In the shadows of the Australian War Memorial, the iconic museum chronicling Australia's military history over more than a century, Brumbies' scrum-half Nic White is trying his best to maintain that it's just another game
Join Steve Bunce and Barry Jones each week for the latest news, views and debate from the boxing world.
How often has a batsman been run out in both innings of a Test match?
Manchester United have finally lost patience with David Moyes and sacked the Scot, the club have confirmed
Gary Neville has branded Manchester United's handling of David Moyes' managerial situation as "repulsive" after the club failed to address rumours about his sacking before they confirmed his departure on Tuesday morning
Manchester United sacked David Moyes because they became convinced they were getting worse the longer they spent under his management, sources told ESPN
Anderson has given David Moyes a further headache by suggesting there are a number of unhappy Manchester United players who wish to follow him out of Old Trafford
Manchester United have already made the first steps towards bringing Louis van Gaal in to replace sacked manager David Moyes, Old Trafford sources have told ESPN
With one of the most prized seats in football now vacant, who will Manchester United turn to?
The patience has finally run out at Old Trafford with David Moyes' sacking as Manchester United manager now imminent - these are the blows which may have sealed his early fate
ESPN's Steve Bunce gives the lowdown on Alex Leapai, a "ham-fisted Samoan slugger" who now faces heavyweight boxing's toughest opponent, Wladimir Klitschko
The negatives may far outweigh the positives at Manchester United under David Moyes, but here we give you 10 things he has got right so far as manager at Old Trafford
Five men could be the possible replacement for David Moyes as Manchester United manager, writes Miguel Delaney