Japan to host Bledisloe Test?
February 22, 2009
Richie McCaw lifts the 2008 Bledisloe Cup in Hong Kong © Getty Images
The All Blacks and Wallabies are set to take a Bledisloe Cup Test on tour again this season, but the likely destination will be Japan and not the United States as originally speculated.
Following on from the success of their Bledisloe Cup meeting in Hong Kong last November, an event that netted the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) something in the region of NZ$4 million, the respective unions appear to have settled on Tokyo for this season's excursion.
"Denver won't happen this year. The NZRU were keen, so were USA Rugby and the International Rugby Board. Funding was in place but O'Neill [John, ARU chief executive] preferred Tokyo," USA Rugby boss Kevin Roberts told Auckland's Sunday News.
O'Neill has apparently secured greater financial backing from Tokyo than what had been tabled in Denver, meaning that the All Blacks and Wallabies will likely be packing down in Tokyo's neon glow at the end of the season.
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