Imagine mixing Aussie and Kiwi rugby talent
This is just a what if. The likelihood of New Zealand becoming a state of Australia is remote, but who knows what the future holds.
magine, July 28th, 2012. The nation state of New Zealand has today ceased to be a nation and is now simply a new state of Australia. The dream of the founding fathers of the Australian constitution has finally been realized in its full glory with all the recognised Sstates finally ceding their authority to capital on the Australian mainland.
The closely and often bitterly fought campaign between the republican movement of New Zealand, the royalists, and those of the population who wished to finally join the other States was close. At times, no one knew which side was going to win the battle in the end.
The mood in Australia is unusually muted, with a majority of Australians not minding the fact that New Zealand has become another State or not.
However, what about the institution of rugby union?
New Zealand is rugby mad, and in Australia, the sport is considered to be a distraction to their normal diet of AFL and rugby league.
I wonder what the major implication for the international sport of rugby would be now that the Bledisloe Cup has turned into somewhat of a State of Origin match?
And will the mighty All Black jersey just be wiped out by tomorrow morning?
Or will Australia now field two rugby teams – one for their newest state of New Zealand – while still keeping the Combined States team going?
Or will the New Zealand rugby union simply cede all authority to their bigger Australian counterpart?
The logistics of combining the sporting talent of both nations will be difficult, with many debates expected on both sides of the Tasman.
Whatever the future for rugby union in the nation, it has never looked brighter for Australian rugby union fans.
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