26 Jun 2009

4th Bledisloe Cup match in Tokyo

6:51 am on 26 June 2009

Tokyo has been confirmed as the host city for this year's fourth Bledisloe Cup rugby match between New Zealand and Australia.

The match, which gives both countries the opportunity for extra revenue, will be played on the 31st of October, the weekend before the All Blacks end-of-year European tour.

The United States and Britain had also offered to host the match but Australian and New Zealand officials had previously indicated that Asia was their preferred choice after they played in Hong Kong last year.

It means the All Blacks will now be playing 6 internationals at the end of the year..... Australia, Wales, Italy, England, France and the Barbarians.