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All Blacks close in on Test in USA
ESPN Staff
March 25, 2014
The All Blacks enjoyed a lucrative trip to Japan at the end of 2013 © Getty Images
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The All Blacks are hopeful of teeing up a Test against the United States prior to their end-of-year tour to Europe.

The Kiwis reaped the benefits of a similar venture to Japan at the end of 2013 as it generated a $NZ 850,000 (£440,000) windfall which helped them reach a $NZ 2.9m (£1.5m) profit for the past financial year.

While the trip offered All Blacks coach Steve Hansen a chance to blood some of his younger players, New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew was impressed with the financial benefits.

"It was much more successful than initially we thought it might have been commercially," Tew said. "We had set up a profit-share situation once our costs were covered, and that was our share of it."

And after seeing the on and off-field benefits of their trip to Tokyo, Tew is close to finalising a similar deal for the All Blacks to travel to America. "We're not far away," he said. "We're not yet able to make an announcement because there's still some details to be tied up, but we're still working hard to put in place a similar game on the way to Europe."

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