5 Dec 2008

Asia the preference to England or the USA for overseas Bledisloe Cup clash

5:08 am on 5 December 2008

Offers to play an offshore Bledisloe Cup fixture at rugby's traditional home of Twickenham or in Denver, Colorado appear likely to fall by the wayside as Australia and New Zealand look more to Asia.

Negotiations with the Japanese rugby union to play a match in Tokyo next year to follow up on last month's successful event in Hong Kong are progressing smoothly, says Autralian rugby union CEO John O'Neill.

O'Neil says his preference would by Tokyo first, Twickenham second and Denver third.

He says both New Zealand and Australia have strategic ambitions in Asia.