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ABs vs Kangaroos slammed as ‘complete nonsense’

An All Blacks vs Kangaroos match with hybrid rules would be “complete nonsense”, former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons says.

Australian Rugby League and New Zealand Rugby have been in talks over the concept, though attempts to create such a match have fallen flat several times before.

The game had been touted for December 5 with a potential turnover of $15 million, but FitzSimons said it would be a ridiculous match if the rules in any way resembled rugby union, with its more specialised skills.

Kangaroos star Daly Cherry-Evans and All Blacks captain Sam Cane. (Getty)

“Complete nonsense. It might happen but it will be a complete nonsense,” FitzSimons said on Sports Sunday.

“People say they’re very similar games; in fact, this will be like a snooker team taking on a yachting team.

“It depends which rules you use. So when they come up with the hybrid rules, if those hybrid rules have lineouts, rolling mauls, scrums and rucking the ball, well the All Blacks win by 50 points.

“If they don’t have those rules, it turns into something like rugby league and maybe it’s a fairer contest. But from the moment that you don’t have those four key things … I mean, an All Blacks scrum against a rugby league scrum, it’s going to be a rusty shopping trolley, you’ll just go all the way down the field.

“A lineout, they’ll win every single lineout. A rolling maul, the Kangaroos wouldn’t know how to stop them.

“So it depend what the hybrid rules are – but it’s a joke. Forget it.”

All Blacks v Kangaroos exhibition explained

FitzSimons said that the hybrid clash was a well-worn concept which had never come to fruition. He said that other sports had thrown up cautionary tales when it came to hybrid rules.

“This comes up every three years and the older viewers will remember Muhammad Ali, the great man, taking on the world champion kickboxer [Antonio Inoki] over 15 rounds,” FitzSimons said.

“Everyone goes, ‘Who’s going to be better, the boxer or the kickboxer?’ And what we saw was the kickboxer lying on his back kicking Muhammad in the knee for 15 rounds. It was not great.”

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