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New Zealand On McLachlan’s AFL Radar



In an interview yesterday with Melbourne radio station 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, AFL chief Gillon McLachlan once again floated the distant possibility of an AFL team one day being based in New Zealand.


The full interview can be heard by following the link: http://www.3aw.com.au/news/gillon-mclachlan-says-new-zealand-most-likely-country-for-international-team-20160331-gnvt7a.html and playing back either of the video links. However, the most salient aspects of the interview are outlined below.


AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says New Zealand is the most likely location for the league's first internationally-based team.


While not on the agenda short-term, McLachlan said it could happen within 30 years.




McLachlan said there'd undoubtedly be critics of the idea, but you should never say never.


"I don't think people would have contemplated a lot of things that have happened in the last 30 years in our game," the AFL boss told Neil Mitchell on Friday.


"If you take a 30-year view, New Zealand is the most likely opportunity for expansion.


"The time zone is relevant, they've got ovals, they're good athletes and after rugby union there's no dominant second sport.



"It's not on the radar for tomorrow, but it's visionary."

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New Zealand On McLachlan’s AFL Radar
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, April 06 2016 @ 10:53 pm ACST

Actually I thought the most startling comment Gillon made was:

"If you can find an oval for us with a capacity around 20,000 in Auckland and we'll do it". "What you'll base a team there?" "Yeah".

He then made a bit of light of timelines but it I still thought it was very interesting. It was a bit of a tease really - almost like we definitely will if we can get an oval but we won't be any time soon because we can't.

Given that international growth over the last 10+ years has been positive but not explosive I've come to firmly believe that getting an AFL team in NZ is the only likely way to accelerate things rapidly.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

New Zealand On McLachlan’s AFL Radar
Authored by: GarethB on Friday, April 08 2016 @ 02:09 pm ACST

I can't see it being anything other than a long, slow process in NZ. But it looks like St Kilda want to play a NAB Challenge match in Auckland next year so they're still working at it.