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Bledisloe Test set for Hong Kong


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Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill is adamant next month's fourth Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand will go ahead at Hong Kong Stadium as planned.

Sluggish ticket sales ahead of the October 30 clash has led to speculation the clash could either be cancelled or shifted to another venue, with England mooted as a possible destination.

But O'Neill insists both the ARU and New Zealand Rugby Union remain committed to making the Hong Kong Test a success, saying: "The game's certainly not being cancelled. We've got to make it work."

He added: "It's fair to say that ticket sales have not been as we had hoped and there's a number of reasons for that which NZRU and ourselves are working on right at the moment.

"(NZRU chief executive) Steve Tew and his team are in town for the next couple of days so we'll be having some deep and meaningful conversations with the Hong Kong Rugby Union in the next 48 hours.

"There are no plans to cancel the match. We've got to find ways and means of getting ticket sales back to what they should be."

O'Neill was coy when asked how many of the 40,000 tickets on offer are yet to be sold, however it is understood fewer than 10,000 tickets have been snapped up so far.

The previous Hong Kong Bledisloe Test in 2008 was a sell-out.

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