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  1. Money the name of the game as All Blacks try to push their brand further and wider from Asia and the Pacific, possibly even to the US

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... for the first time at Hong Kong Stadium today. A fact which the chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union admits was the main reason why the Bledisloe Cup is being staged offshore for the first ... recently. When the decision was announced that the Bledisloe Cup would be played in Hong Kong, it drew plenty of criticism from the public in New Zealand, unhappy an institution was being exported ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658513/money-name-game-all-blacks-try-push-their-brand-further-and-wider-asia-and-pacific
  2. Alvin Sallay

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... as a sporting hub- the Bledisloe Cup and the Hong Kong Sixes which ends today. Both events bring top-class sportsmen to town. The Bledisloe Cup featured the world's two best teams, the All Blacks ... deserve our support but sadly the Bledisloe Cup was played in front of only 26,000 fans, leaving large swathes of empty seats in the upper stands of the 40,000-capacity Hong Kong Stadium. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729745/alvin-sallay
  3. Winning ugly counts

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay All Blacks victorious in historic encounter but Henry admits standard of play fell short History was made, but the final chapter in this year's Bledisloe Cup series ... by Dan Carter moving back to his accustomed and preferred slot at flyhalf, gave the All Blacks a satisfying win in the ANZ Hong Kong 2008 Bledisloe Cup over the old enemy and saw them end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658671/winning-ugly-counts
  4. Talented Wallabies must learn how to close the deal, says Herbert

    Posted Oct 24th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of the Wallaby golden era that included winning five Bledisloe Cups, the British Lions series victory in 2001 and also a Tri-Nations trophy. Herbert, who is now the commercial officer with the Queensland ... is the mental toughness. I believe the All Blacks have the mental edge over us, they have the belief,' says Herbert, a member of Wallaby team who won the 1999 World Cup. Herbert, who was in town ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/728347/talented-wallabies-must-learn-how-close-deal-says-herbert
  5. Mother's passion for the game becomes a real family affair

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... life before the Hong Kong Sevens; now we attend the tournament every year and this was our second Bledisloe Cup here.' Rugby in Hong Kong often becomes a family affair. 'Our children ... 'My best friend, Tain Moxham, has flown in to be with us for the Bledisloe weekend, We've made the most of showing her and her husband, James McLean, around,' she said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729072/mothers-passion-game-becomes-real-family-affair
  6. Fans show healthy appetite for the game

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Tim Noonan

    ... Must have been quite the surprise, 12.30 on a Friday afternoon and you're out of food? When told that the Bledisloe Cup was happening the next day and that the town was full of rugby fans, ... don't take that into account and you deserve to lose a ton of money. That's the thing about the Bledisloe Cup, it brings the All Blacks and the Wallabies into town and with them some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/729076/fans-show-healthy-appetite-game
  7. Historic clash will exceed all expectations: O'Neill

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Unions set for big pay day- but next stop may be US The historic ANZ Hong Kong 2008 Bledisloe Cup match tomorrow will 'exceed expectations' and make money for all three unions, Australian boss John O'Neill said yesterday. It is estimated that the first offshore meeting in the 105-year history of the Bledisloe Cup between the All Blacks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658336/historic-clash-will-exceed-all-expectations-oneill
  8. Rivalries abound- just ask Buddha

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... the famous trans-Tasman rivalry. The Bledisloe Cup is the most traditional form of that. Now it's found its way to Hong Kong. 'A test match in Asia shows rugby is alive and kicking ... in Hong Kong. The cross-border banter of banana-benders versus southern snobs went on for almost as long as the Bledisloe as the two battled it out before the game. It was friendly fire, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658660/rivalries-abound-just-ask-buddha
  9. 'Dollars and sense' made O'Neill believe it had to be done

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay It's all about dollars and sense, says John O'Neill, the chief architect behind the move to bring the Bledisloe Cup to Hong Kong. A long-time advocate of linking ... chief executive, earlier this month in Hong Kong when the news broke that the Bledisloe Cup game would be played here. 'We live in the Asia-Pacific region and our economic and commercial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631472/dollars-and-sense-made-oneill-believe-it-had-be-done
  10. Sport - Other Sport - RUGBY UNION

    'We'll do our best to beat invincible All Blacks,' says Wallabies skipper

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... skipper Nathan Sharpe is unbowed by New Zealand's formidable winning run and said the All Blacks were beatable in today's third and final Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane. The All Blacks ... a little bit." New Zealand have already retained the Bledisloe Cup, symbol of trans-Tasman rugby supremacy, which they have held since 2003, following 27-19 and 22-0 victories in August. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1065167/well-do-our-best-beat-invincible-all-blacks-says-wallabies-skipper

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