There is scepticism about whether the financial benefits of playing Australia’s rugby league team outweigh the potential trivialisation of the famous jersey
What would the late Sir Colin Meads have thought? The man voted as the All Black of the 20th century was not beyond pragmatism, as he showed by coaching the rebel Cavaliers in South Africa in 1986, a year after the originally sanctioned official tour was thwarted by the law courts.
Even so, news of the proposed hybrid game between his cherished All Blacks and rugby league’s Kangaroos would likely have been a step too far. For most of Meads’ life, league was the game’s enemy, the haven of those whose “palms had been crossed with silver”, a competing product and a poacher of talent.