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Gillon McLachlan says New Zealand ‘most likely’ country for international team

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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