Bledisloe Cup Hits the Road
Since the first Bledisloe Cup match was played in 1932, the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand always took place on the home soil of one of the two countries but that all changed when the 4th and final Bledisloe Cup match of 2008 was played at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong on this day in rugby history.
The All Blacks fell behind early to a brace from Wallabies Drew Mitchell but responded with tries from captain Richie McCaw and Sitiveni Sivivatu in the 19-14 win. The win helped New Zealand retain the cup. The All Blacks won 2 of the first three matches of the 2008 series.
The game was scheduled in Hong Kong to help promote the game in Asia. The match drew 39,000 fans and was a financial success for both unions generating a reported £5.5 million. The Bledisloe Cup returned to Hong Kong in 2010 and the two unions continue to look for other neutral venues with the U.S. having been targeted in the past.