A brief message from the Chairman, 11/11/2017
It was disappointing to hear on Saturday morning from Paris, the very day of the AB’s test with France, that, the CEO of the All Blacks (Steven Tew) denied the article in a very trivial manner by saying a match up between the All Blacks and the Kangaroos wasn’t in their plans for 2019, what else could he say?
I have since had communication with Steve and he expressed his disappointment that it got into the media before there had been any formal arrangement with the parties involved.
I can say that I totally understand their concerns especially being hit with the news when they did last Saturday and I take full responsibility for letting the cat out of the bag too early.
Finally, there were two requests from NZ RUGBY when we met last November one of which has been fulfilled, the other was, they would like to see a Hybrid match bearing elite players, for example, an NRL team v a NZ Super Rugby team like the Canterbury Crusaders and I am pleased to say that great news will be announced shortly, Regarding an NLR team, after the current RLWC Final, early in December so stay tuned.