The International Rugby Board (IRB) has approved the staging of a New Zealand-Australia test match in Hong Kong this year, paving the way for the teams' first offshore meeting outside of a World Cup. Officials from the two countries' rugby unions arrive in Hong Kong next week to iron out details of the one-off international match, to be held in October. 'We have got the approval from the IRB, who have no objection to Australia and New Zealand playing here. This is a huge step forward,' Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) executive director Allan Payne said yesterday. 'The one-off test in Hong Kong is very doable. There is a lot of support for the match and we are closer to signing a deal.' Members of the Australian and New Zealand rugby unions arrive tomorrow for a three-day stay, during which they will visit Hong Kong Stadium, the proposed match venue. 'One of the objectives of the visit is to check the stadium, as well as to look at all the other support facilities available,' Mr Payne said. 'This is the first time that such a game will be taking place and there is a lot of planning to do and a lot to talk about.' The discussions will range from mundane topics such as where the teams will stay to drawing up commercial agreements that will deal with television rights and how the revenue will be shared by the Australian, New Zealand and Hong Kong rugby unions. They will also meet potential match sponsors. While there are hurdles still to be cleared, the international board's approval means the biggest obstacle to a Wallabies-All Blacks game in Hong Kong has been overcome. Both teams will be travelling to Europe at the end of the Tri-Nations Series to play international matches and will stop over in Hong Kong en route. The last Tri-Nations game will be between Australia and New Zealand - the other team are reigning world champions South Africa - on September 13 in Brisbane.