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The proposed NRL game between Manly and Canberra in China next year looks likely to be scrapped after last-minute talks failed to resolve a stalemate between the clubs and the governing body.

It is understood the five parties involved - Manly, Canberra, the club's major sponsors, Kaspersky and Huawei, and the NRL - have run out of time to get the landmark fixture off the ground.

Unless terms can be agreed quickly, which is highly unlikely, the project will be abandoned and the round eight clash on April 27 will stay at Brookvale Oval.

Final financial terms were put on Friday, but the NRL and the two clubs failed to resolve their differences on what model they favour.

Manly began talks with Canberra in September last year about playing a premiership match in Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong.

Manly proposed moving its round eight home game - on Sunday, April 27, against Canberra at Brookvale Oval - to Shenzhen.

Raiders major sponsor Huawei has expressed frustration that the NRL waited so long to make a commitment and employ consultant Tom Parker to complete a feasibility study into the project.

The study uncovered financial risks, and the NRL and the clubs have been unable to find common ground on how to mitigate this.

Television coverage, the effects of travel and concerns over player burnout - particularly with representative players required to back up the following week - have not been resolved.

But it is understood the NRL remains open to the idea of playing in China in future years.

It would have been the first time a premiership match was played outside Australia and New Zealand.

But the two clubs and their sponsors have been emphatic that if it doesn't happen next year, they will abandon the project.

Huawei director of corporate and public affairs Jeremy Mitchell told Fairfax Media this week this is an opportunity the NRL cannot afford to throw away.

''It definitely has to happen next year,'' Mitchell said. ''We've been openly disappointed the NRL have come on board late, but they have hired the consultants so they understand the full potential. Kaspersky, Huawei, the Raiders and Manly have done everything they can, now it's up to the NRL.''