The Rugby League World Cup has displayed the untapped potential of international rugby league.
It has shown that there are five top international teams in the shape of England, New Zealand, Tonga and of course World Cup Finalists Australia and Samoa.
Not long behind them are Papua New Guinea and Fiji creating the potential for some mouth watering international clashes which have been absent in the game since Great Britain’s tour of Australia.
International rugby is something IMG identified as important to the future of rugby league.
An international window and a greater focus on international rugby league was part of IMG’s proposals to the RFL and the Super League clubs.
Now IMG are playing a role in putting together a huge test match down under between two star-studded teams in the shape of World Cup Finalists Samoa and Tonga who started the trend of NRL stars turning to their heritage instead of playing for New Zealand or Australia.
The report comes from the Daily Telegraph which claims that there have been high level talks between the two over the potential clash as International Rugby League puts together a 10-year plan to build on the World Cup.
According to the Australian publication, IMG have held talks with RLIF boss Troy Grant as he hopes to put together a plan that will see Australia, England, New Zealand the Pacific Islands teams play high profile tests year on year.