St Helens to play Australia in 2020?

Mal Meninga is keen on the Kangaroos playing St Helens as part of their 2020 tour of Great Britain.

The Australian head coach played a season for Saints in 1984–85, winning the RFL Premiership and Lancashire County Cup.

Despite tour matches against club sides fading out in recent years, New Zealand’s match against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in 2015 was regarded as a huge success.

Now Meninga wants to take the green and golds on a proper tour of Britain next year, according to Lions’ coach Wayne Bennett.

“I was speaking with Mal the other day,” said Bennett. “He said he was keen to come here to revisit the Kangaroo tradition and play some midweek games.

“He said he had talked to the (St Helens) owners about the possibility of playing a game here next year.

“They will play the England Knights as well which will be great for them.”

Meninga played 31 times in his solitary season at Saints and scored an astonishing 38 tries.

Despite only playing one season at Knowsley Road, he is still widely regarded as the most significant overseas import to play for St Helens.