Plans For Kiwis To Play On Home Soil

Publish Date
Sunday, 21 February 2016, 7:34PM


The Kiwis may finally play a trans-Tasman rugby league test at home in 2018.

The boss of the Australian Rugby League Commission has confirmed the hosting rights for the trans-Tasman test between the Kiwis and Kangaroos will be shared from year-to-year from 2018.

New Zealand's last hosted Australia in the final of the 2014 Four Nations and have only hosted the ANZAC test twice since it began in 1997.

John Grant has confirmed that will change once the current broadcast deal expires at the end of 2017.

Interim NZRL chief executive Alex Hayton said in the past there have been difficulties in the relationship between the two organisations.

"Look, I think at times some of the communication from Australian Rugby League hasn't been the best with us."

But, he said they've now got a much better relationship with their trans-Tasman counterparts.

"We've crossed a barrier...I think the relationship is at a different level now and is only going to get stronger and stronger."

Hayton said they have their sights on a mid-year test in 2018 to replace the annual ANZAC test against the Kangaroos.

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