1 Jul 2009

Fourth Bledisloe Cup Test a one-off for the cash

8:28 am on 1 July 2009

New Zealand Rugby's chief executive Steve Tew concedes the extra Bledisloe Cup Test confirmed for Japan later this year will stretch the All Blacks physically, but it'll be the last time they play a fourth test against the Wallabies before the 2011 World Cup.

Tew says the Tokyo Test on the 31st of October will produce a level of revenue they couldn't generate here, though he's not sure exactly how lucrative it'll be.

He says it's a tough old world out there and any chance to maximise revenue has to be taken.

It'll exceed anything they can make in New Zealand and should be somewhere between two and four million dollars depending on how successful they are.

The All Blacks' northern tour now involves six internationals in as many weeks.