8 Sep 2010

All Blacks coach wants test to stay in Hong Kong

6:54 pm on 8 September 2010

The All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith is hoping this year's fourth Bledisloe Cup clash can be kept in Hong Kong.

Slow ticket sales are forcing a possible re-think of venue with less than ten thousand tickets sold for the October test at the 40 thousand seat Hong Kong stadium.

Twickenham is being suggested as the most likely alternative.

With the match coming before a four-week tour of Europe for both sides Smith believes it is in the best interests of the All Blacks and Wallabies to play in Asia rather than spending an additional week in Europe.

He says the change of culture tends to freshen players up and is good for them.

Smith says he's unsure whether the match will still be played in Hong Kong as the decision is up to the New Zealand and Australian rugby unions.

The Hong Kong union has issued a statement denying any venue change.