1 Nov 2008

Henry says first Hong Kong Test a big occasion

6:06 pm on 1 November 2008

The All Blacks coaches aren't the only ones talking up the occasion ahead of tonight's ground-breaking Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia in Hong Kong.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is hailing the historic contest as "a great initiative" and "good for the game".

The match is a dead rubber with the silverware already in the New Zealand trophy cabinet for the season.

But All Blacks head coach Graham Henry says winning this first-ever offshore Bledisloe Cup Test is more than enough motivation.

Henry says any Test match against Australia's a big occasion and the team's excited about the opportunity to play the old enemy.