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Hong Kong next stop in Bledisloe Cup 2010 Series

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allblacks.com     17 Sep 2010     Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew said: “Both the New Zealand and Australia Rugby Unions are fully supportive of the Hong Kong fixture and we have committed to bringing one of world rugby’s legendary matches back to Asia. The end of year tour is vital for both teams going into 2011 and I know the All Blacks will be looking to put in a strong performance to kick off their tour on the back of a successful Investec Tri Nations campaign.”

After New Zealand’s last gasp 23-22 victory last week in Sydney, both teams have everything to play for as they finalise their preparations for their upcoming tours of the northern hemisphere.

ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill said: “The quality of Rugby in this year’s Bledisloe Cup series has been outstanding. These are the best two teams in world rugby and the one-point separating them in Sydney last Saturday night underlines the closeness of the contest. There is also no doubt that the game, as it is currently being played in the southern hemisphere, is as exciting as it has been at any other time in memory. At the international level there has been a plethora of tries and consistently scintillating attacking rugby. However, the ferocity of the trans-Tasman matches has not been compromised whatsoever. We’re confident the match in Hong Kong will be another entertainment package no sporting fan would want to miss.”

Trevor Gregory, Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) said: “The HKRFU and the sports fans in Hong Kong and around the region are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the teams and we look forward to welcoming them with Hong Kong’s famous hospitality. With the world’s two top ranked teams set to contest the latest match in their century-old rivalry, the Bledisloe Cup in Hong Kong promises to be an event not to be missed, and I encourage Hong Kong and regional fans alike to get their tickets today.”

To date, over 14,000 tickets have been sold. The HKRFU has confirmed that a sponsorship announcement will be made soon, reinforcing the strong interest in the region in the Bledisloe Cup Hong Kong match.