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No plans for hybrid match

The Rugby Football League is not planning to participate in a hybrid-code fixture with the Australian rugby union team.

Reports on Saturday and Sunday said the governing body had agreed a December 6, 2014 date with its Australian 15-a-side counterparts which would pit the Wallabies against a Great Britain rugby league side at Wembley.

But the RFL is keen to distance itself from the stories.

It is understood that although the RFL has received correspondence about such a fixture, it has not met the organisers and is not looking to progress it any further.

Former Australia and Leicester union boss Bob Dwyer first mooted the hybrid idea in 2012 to a mixed reception. It had been reported that this fixture, were it to go ahead, would see a half of 15-a-side and a half of 13-a-side.

There have been two cross-code experiments in England in the past. Wigan faced Bath in 1996, winning a two-game series 101-50 after a fixture of each discipline, while Sale beat St Helens 41-39 in a game consisting of both codes in 2003.

As things stand, the Great Britain rugby league side is in storage, having been disbanded as an annual entity after a 2007 series against New Zealand. It is expected to be reformed for a Lions tour in 2015 although no plans have been confirmed.