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Wallabies, All Blacks going to Hong Kong

18/05/2010 08:48:15 AM Comments (0)

The Wallabies and All Blacks will play a Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Hong Kong in October, their second there and their third in Asia in the past three years.

The match will be played October 30 at Hong Kong Stadium and will be the fourth match of this year's Bledisloe Cup series and will come ahead of the Wallabies' Spring Tour to Europe.

The All Blacks and Wallabies met in Hong Kong in 2008 in the first Test played between the teams outside New Zealand or Australia, other than during a World Cup.

The teams played another Bledisloe Cup Test last year in Tokyo as a means to increase Test revenues and to build rugby's audience in Asia.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill said in a statement on Tuesday the match in Hong Kong would build rugby's global profile.

"The Bledisloe Cup is an event of major international significance," he said. "To take the game to Hong Kong for a second time in three years - and we went to Tokyo last year - is a sign that we are serious about embracing the Asian market.

"It's in rugby's global interests to ensure our footprint becomes more distinct in Asia, and to build on the wonderful advances the Hong Kong Sevens has made for the code.

"Showcasing a fiercely contested Bledisloe Cup test, one of the most keenly watched clashes in all of international rugby, achieves that objective and also provides a unique 'neutral' setting for the Wallabies and All Blacks."

The All Blacks have won both previous Tests in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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