1 Jul 2009

All Blacks to play Wallabies in Tokyo

4:57 pm on 1 July 2009

The New Zealand Rugby Union hopes to net between $2 million to $4 million from another one-off Test match in Asia.

The All Blacks will repeat last year's game against the Wallabies, but this time in Tokyo rather than Hong Kong on 31 October.

It will be held at the national stadium which seats 57,000.

NZRU chief executive Steve Tew says this is a chance to get revenue from a different market and the money will be welcome.

Unlike last year's match, the Test will count towards the Bledisloe Cup as part of a four-match series.

The All Blacks have not played in Japan since 1987, when they played five tour matches.