Rugby: All Blacks, Wallabies could unite for ANZAC side to face British & Irish Lions on 2025 Australia tour

Trans-Tasman foes could stand side by side, with an ANZAC XV team reportedly on the cards for the 2025 British and Irish Lions tour.

According to the Daily Mail, Rugby Australia has approached New Zealand Rugby over a prospective composite side, that would see the All Blacks and Wallabies combine to face the best of the British Isles.

The Lions are due to tour Australia in 2025 for three tests against the Wallabies, but the proposed fixture would be played outside of that.

Caleb Clarke against Australia.
Caleb Clarke against Australia. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has been put forward to host the fixture by Rugby Australia Chairman Hamish McLennan.

"We've talked to the Kiwis about hosting an ANZAC team against the Lions in 2025 and they're considering the idea," McLennan told the Daily Mail.

"I'm in no doubt it would be a belter and we'd sell the MCG out with 100,000 fans.

"The best of the Wallabies and the All Blacks against the Lions would create enormous global coverage."

The All Blacks and Wallabies have combined to face the Lions in the past, losing 19-15 on the 1989 tour of Australia.

McLennan added there is no bad blood between NZR and Rugby Australia, despite the recent stalemate between the two organisations over the next Super Rugby deal.

"All is good with the Kiwis now, we're friends again and we'd be happy to give them a cut," said McLennan. 

Discussions are also underway to see the Lions face Argentina, Fiji and Tonga on their 2025 tour, the BBC reports