NZRU Considering Tsunami Relief Match Proposals
NZRU Chief Executive Chris Moller said the Union supported initiatives to generate funds and provide relief and development to the areas affected by the Boxing Day Tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
Discussions were being held in New Zealand and within SANZAR regarding the North-South match proposals, which would need to be accommodated around existing rugby commitments.
Mr Moller said the NZRU would have to canvas any proposal for a match with its Rebel Sport Super 12 franchises and with the New Zealand Rugby Players Association as a matter of course.
"The Australian Rugby Union has also suggested playing a match in Australia during the mid-year international window when northern hemisphere teams will be touring in the southern hemisphere, with the suggestion of a reciprocal match in the northern hemisphere when southern hemisphere teams are touring there," he said.
"This idea could be a better fit for the SANZAR countries and would likely raise more money than the option of a one-off match in March, which has been floated. These are matters we will need to discuss within SANZAR and with the IRB and our teams and players here."
New Zealand Rugby Players Association Executive Director Rob Nichol said he had been in contact with the other players associations around the world and there was widespread support for the concept.
“We see our role as one of supporting the rugby unions in allowing the match to take place, and will work with them to ensure the best possible outcome for all parties, and in particular a successful fundraising effort.”
The New Zealand Rugby Union has already announced it is joining forces with Save the Children to launch a range of fundraising activities in support of Save the Children's Indian Ocean Tsunami Appeal around the AXA New Zealand International Sevens.
In addition, the NZRU and NZRPA have offered their support to New Zealand Cricket around the FICA World XI One Day Internationals. Some of New Zealand's Rebel Sport Super 12 squads will be lending their support to New Zealand Cricket around the matches in the coming weeks.
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