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Possibly a repeat of that then? It's definitely happening today - the team list for the Ile de France team has players from the 5 Paris area clubs. The report on the FFR website only names Zalduendo, so maybe the local paper has dug up part of the old story and included Colin Love as a result. The tourists will play 4 other matches in France this week - 2 at Pia and 2 at Avignon.
Can the person with the 1993 Rothmans confirm that the Cas victory was before or after the Bradford one?
I also find it odd (according to the net) that they played no club sides in their 1998 tour. IIRC before 9/11 the 2001 Aussies were scheduled for a traditional tour playing against a number of club sides.
The relevant Rothmans says Bradford beat NZ on October 6th and Cas beat the Kiwis on October 12th. The Cas game was 2 days after the Kiwis beat Wigan and 4 days before losing to GB at Wembley.
In 1998, the SL GF was played on October 24th - just a week later they played the first test. Given that the Kiwis played Australia in Auckland on October 16th, it didn't leave them much time for any other games anyway.
I think the NRL clubs were confirmed prior to the Grand Final as being Cowboys, Bronco's and Roosters.. and all three being keen. Three great teams for the English crowds to go see.
Steve Mascord stated it in one of his columns a couple of weeks back. Apparently, of the teams who made the play offs, only the Bulldogs weren't interested in coming over, so it was the 2 Grand finalists and the next highest placed in the league.