ARU Boss Pulver wants Lions to play SANZAR team

Australian Rugby Boss Bill Pulver has suggested that the British and Irish Lions play against a Southern Hemisphere or SANZAR team made up of the Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks.

Former ARU Boss John O’Neill has already suggested that a Trans-Tasman team made up of Wallabies and All Blacks take on the Lions at Twickenham in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

“I would love the idea if you could find a Southern Hemisphere combination,” Pulver told reporters ahead of Saturday’s series decider between the Wallabies and the Lions in Sydney.

But Pulver relished even more the prospect of the three Southern Hemisphere powerhouses uniting under a SANZAR banner to beat the best of the British and Irish.

“I’d even be happy with an ANZAC team. Take the best of Australia and New Zealand. A concept I would love to develop is – 2015 is the centenary of ANZAC Day. Imagine playing a combined Australia-New Zealand team against an allies team,” he said.

“We’re about to embark with the Australian Rugby Union on a strategic planning process and it really does invite a lot of creative thought to think of a Lions equivalent from the Southern Hemisphere.”

While Pulver is positive about the idea few of the Unions from the Southern and Northern Hemisphere’s would be happy about releasing their players for a match such as this in a Rugby World Cup year.

Pulver admitted that the match going ahead is unlikely as, “we’re not very far down the track at all in terms of discussion around that”.

“Some of the countries in the Southern Hemisphere are actually concerned about the amount of rugby that their senior players are playing. So it needs to be addressed in that context.”

Australia are playing 15 tests in 2013, with the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina to follow the Lions series before the Wallabies embark on a five-Test tour of Europe in November.

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