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Aussie Rules in New Zealand

Aussie Rules in New Zealand

Updated 26 April 2013, 16:36 AEST

Can New Zealanders be persuaded to watch and even play a game they know as "Aussie Rules"?That's what the AFL in Australia are attempting with efforts to make the code popular across the Tasman.

Last night saw a landmark game in Wellington between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans attract an estimated crown of 26 thousand, only a quarter of whom were visiting Australian fans.

St Kilda CEO Michael Nettlefold says while AFL is hardly likely to challenge the position of rugby in New Zealand, he's sure there's room for a growing interest in the code, as shown by the enthusiasm shown by the Kiwi crowd in the ANZAC Day match.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: AFL club St Kilda CEO Michael Nettlefold


Bruce Hill

Bruce Hill


Bruce is one of the Pacific’s most experienced journalists with nearly 20 years covering the region and has won several international awards.

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