Combined Wallabies and All Blacks team to face British and Irish Lions in 2025, schedule, Super Rugby

Rugby Australia have approached New Zealand Rugby to field an Anzac XV against the British and Irish Lions in 2025. can confirm that RA has floated the idea with their trans-Tasman neighbours, which would see the two nations field a combined team for the first time since their 19-15 defeat at Ballymore in 1989.

RA Chairman Hamish McLennan told the Daily mail the NZR were “considering the idea”, with the prospect of 100,000 fans packing the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the show.

Scroll down to see what the Anzac XV could look like!

Anzacs’ Dom Maguire (centre) receives the ball during the British Lions tour match against British Lions in Brisbane. Photo: Russell Cheyne/AllsportSource: Getty Images

The game could see Wallabies stars Taniela Tupou and Rob Valetini line up alongside Ardie Savea and Richie Mo’unga.

“The best of the Wallabies and All Blacks against the Lions would create huge global coverage,” McLennan said.

It is understood that the single match would be separate from the three-match Test series, with an eight- to nine-match tour under consideration.

Getting the Kiwis on board is key, with the 36-year-old’s previous game falling somewhat.

A total of 12 All Blacks withdrew from the game against Anzac, with only three New Zealanders opting to play in the Bob Dwyer-coached squad, which included Michael Lynagh and David Campese.

Hamish McLennan wants an ANZAC team to play the Lions in 2025. Photo: The AustralianSource: News Corp Australia

In the amateur era, All Blacks stars Grant Fox and Sean Fitzpatrick pulled out of the game due to injury concerns, which fell after the official three-match Test series.

Player welfare remains a huge issue with the game and it remains to be seen who participates in the game, with the single match potentially falling between Tests.

While McLennan previously declared NZR ‘not good partners’ shortly after joining RA and threatening to end their Super Rugby partnership earlier this year, tensions between the trans-Tasman neighbors have since eased despite describing them as “bad boys” last month. .

The Wallabies are cheered by the British and Irish Lions after losing the decisive series in Sydney in 2013.Source: News Corp Australia

As revealed by, the Super Rugby partners are set to sign a new deal which would secure their domestic competition beyond 2024.

McLennan said he would be “happy to give them a part” in “the spirit of our newfound friendship”.

But what could the team look like? We looked at the crystal ball and came up with a 23-man squad, which takes into account player development, a slight weighting for the game played in Australia, and a possible code change of a former schoolboy star.


1: Angus Bell

2: Billy Pollard

3: Taniela Tupou

4: Nick Frost

5: Tupou Vaa’i

6: Akira Ioane

7: Ardie Savea

8: Rob Valetini

9: Folau Fakatava

10: Richie Mo’unga

11: Jordan Petaia

12: Samu Kerevi

13: Rieko Ioane

14: Mark Nawaqanitawase

15: Joseph Sualii


16: Samisoni Taukei’aho

17: George Bower

18: Oli Jäger

19: Darcy Swain

20: Charlie Gamble

21: Tate McDermott

22: Reesjan Pasitoa

23: Will Jordan

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