16 Sep 2010

Hong Kong Bledisloe Test on

6:46 pm on 16 September 2010

The fourth Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Hong Kong will go ahead at the end of next month.

The three unions involved, the NZRU, the ARU and the HKRU, have confirmed the All Blacks and Wallabies will clash at Hong Kong Stadium on October 30th, after the fixture had been in doubt following low ticket pre-sales.

The New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew says the game's already broken even following ticket sales topping 14,000 this week and one of their main concerns was for a number of genuine fans who had already bought tickets and booked flights to Hong Kong.

Tew admits that if the All Blacks had been the challengers for rather than holders of the Bledisloe Cup, which was retained with the win over the Wallabies in Christchurch early last month, the union would have had its doubts over holding a fourth game.

There'll be no Asian Test next year with the World Cup and Tew says it's too soon to say if there will be extra Bledisloe Tests in the future, but the NZRU has expressed its concern over the congested Test calendar and it appears unlikely.