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Mal Meninga wants Kangaroos tours to return

After the resounding popularity of the Rugby League internationals that saw Australia play New Zealand and Tonga this month, Aussie coach Mal Meninga has said he wants to see the return of the end of season Kangaroos tours of old

Speaking on the Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast Show Meninga spoke about what he believed was needed to help grow the international game, “We go play 3 test matches against the English and I think we need to look at how we could play three test matches against the kiwis as well. Bring back a bit of that tradition but also go forward as well.”

He went on to say, “(We need to) Have tournaments around playing Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, PNG. We’ve got to think creatively and have a good balance to our international program but I just think that to re-engage Rugby League in our tier 1 nations in particular, England and New Zealand, we’ve got to do more for them.”

Meninga also spoke about player welfare when considering postseason international matches, “No not really. Part of what I feel is important is player welfare and safety. We’ve just come off the back of a World Cup so we’ve got to minimise (the amount of international games played) the year after.”

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