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Old December 19th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #741
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Winter Games NZ announces 2013 plans

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Winter Games NZ today announced its plans for the 2013 event that will see the Games increase its standing on the international winter sports circuit with the inclusion of no less than six World Cup events. Previously Winter Games NZ has hosted the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup, attracting the world’s best riders, including several Olympic medalists. In 2013 the programme will extend to FIS World Cup events in Snowboard Slopestyle, Snowboard cross, Freestyle Ski Halfpipe, Freestyle Ski Slopestyle and Ski Cross, as well as Snowboard Halfpipe. Global governing body, FIS (Federation International de Ski), have already placed the snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle in the preliminary calendar for 2013 and actively approached WGNZ to host the freeski halfpipe and slopestyle as a lead up event to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. There is also international support for the ski and snowboard cross events with both Canada and Australia pushing for WGNZ to host World Cups in these disciplines in the lead in to Sochi which takes place just six months after WGNZ.

The 2013 Winter Games NZ will see a number of format changes with the emphasis strongly on snow sports and working to attract the majority of the world’s top elite athletes to New Zealand. While the Games ran for 18 days in 2011, the 2013 edition will be compressed to run over 14 days from 12-25 August with the opening ceremony on Sunday, 11 August 2013. Winter Games chairman, Sir Eion Edgar, said that the board was excited with the new programme and its potential to lift the Games to an even higher international level. “We have already had considerable success but this further development is wonderful for Otago and New Zealand. We have a real competitive advantage with our snow sports and 2013 is the prime opportunity to fully capitalise on it.” Sir Eion added that the full support of all existing partners will be key for the Winter Games to be able to implement such a bold plan. “We will be talking to all our major partners, including the Government, in the New Year.” Graham Budd of Destination Queenstown said the new format for the Games, while ambitious, was incredibly exciting and could only benefit the region and New Zealand’s profile as a premier winter sports destination.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be significantly raising the bar in terms of delivery and international profile of the Games, positioning it as a premier winter sports event, second only to the Winter Olympics. We’re very happy to support the Games in 2013 and these new developments are entirely complimentary with the Queenstown proposition of positioning ourselves as the leading lake and alpine resort in the Southern Hemisphere as well as promoting the Southern Lakes region as a premier international winter destination.” “The refined programme gives us a sharper focus and will, we believe, ensure entries in most events that will closely match the entries in the Winter Olympics six months later in Socchi, Russia,” said chief executive Arthur Klap. “This is a depth and spread of elite sports talent not seen before in New Zealand and will attract significant international media interest”.

The Board and senior management staff had a strategy workshop in November that resulted in the increased focus on attracting the world’s best. If a sport is unlikely to attract at least six out of the 10 best then that sport was removed from the programme. This has meant that ice hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating and winter triathlon have all been dropped in the interim. This has also meant that Dunedin and Mt Hutt will not feature in 2013. “It has been a very difficult exercise telling some sports and Dunedin that they will not be part of the 2013 Winter Games but we need to be totally objective in this,” said Klap. The snow sports industry is a significant export earner for New Zealand and an objective of the Winter Games is to boost the profile of New Zealand as a snow sports destination in Asia, North America and Europe. The potential multiplier for the snow industry is difficult to quantify but undisputed by those within the industry.
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And hopefully in a few year a Winter Olympics bid!
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New Zealand 'third best' sporting nation.


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Kiwis have always considered themselves to be overachievers in the sporting arena and now the figures prove it, with New Zealand placed third on a list of top sporting nations per head.
The list, compiled by greatestsportingnation.com, analysed the sporting achievements of every country for 2011 and found New Zealand to be just behind Jamaica and Norway in their 'Per Capita Cup'.
Jamaica's strong showing at this year's Athletic World Championships in South Korea gave them the top spot with 2541 people per point (ppp) awarded. Norway was narrowly in second place (2623 ppp) with points coming from 26 different sports, with an overall victory in cross-country skiing pushing them higher up the list.
New Zealand also scored across a high number of sports with 18 different codes represented in their score of 3618 ppp. The All Blacks' Rugby World Cup win was listed as New Zealand's one significant win.
Australia finished outside the top 10 per capita with 7050 ppp, while the website labels Jamaica and New Zealand 'outsiders' in the top 10 as the only two non-European countries.
In the overall standings the United States have won the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, beating out Russia, China and France by scoring points in 50 different sports for a total of 8276 points.
New Zealand came in at 24 on the overall standings with a points total of 1182 points up three places from last year.
Points are awarded across 80 sports during any event considered to be the premier international event for that sport. For sports such as football and basketball where there was no global tournament in 2011, continental tournaments are used, but less weighting is given to those sports.

Global Capita Cup
1. Jamaica 2541 people per point
2. Norway 2623
3. New Zealand 3618
4. Slovenia 3778
5. Sweden 4778
6. Austria 4817
7. Denmark 5748
8. Switzerland 5881
9. Finland 6087
10. Croatia 6537


Global Cup
1. United States 8276 points
2. Russia 6295
3. China 4372
4. France 4258
5. Great Britain 3753
6. Germany 3723
7. Australia 3037
8. Japan 3036
9. Kenya 2893
10. Italy 2792
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New Zealand athletes and teams receive
funding investments ahead of London 2012.


Less than 200 days at the beginning of the XXX Olympic Summer Games in London.
Kiwi athletes and teams who have performed well this year, and those likely to do well at the London Olympics and Paralympics, are the big winners in the 2012 investment announcement by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ).
Hockey is the big winner after getting a top-up of $600,000 (£367,000/€440,551) as a result of both the men's and women's performances at the 2011 Champions Trophy tournaments.
The men's team finished fourth at the recent Champions Trophy tournament in Auckland and are therefore getting $300,000 (£191,000/€217,000) on top of the $800,000 (£504,000/€605,007) they had already been allocated for 2012.
Meanwhile the women's team, who won a bronze medal at their Champions Trophy tournament, will get a top-up of $300,000 (£191,000/€217,000) on their pre-existing 2012 allocation of $900,000 (£557,000/€668,629).
HPSNZ acting chief executive Martin Toomey says the focus of the announcement is on London 2012 with new and continued investment support geared towards Kiwi athletes aiming for podium finishes or top 16 results in the English capital
"These investment decisions also recognise recent strong performances by Kiwi athletes," he said.
"We're really excited by how New Zealanders have been performing on the world stage and we know we've got a big year ahead of us with the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"With our investment, we're supporting sports with athletes who are capable of top 16 performances and podium finishes in 2012.
"Some new investment has been channelled into sports which have been producing great results on the world stage recently and are focused on doing even better next year.
"While these investment decisions are focused on 2012, we are also signalling support for sports which we expect to prove strong competition for our sporting rivals in 2016."
Rowing is set to get an extra $500,000 (£322,200/€384,143) on top of its previous allocation, bringing annual investment in its high performance programme to $4.82 million ($3.07 million/€5.79 million).
"Because Rowing NZ has already qualified 11 crews for the London Olympics and has more elite athletes in squads, it has higher overheads and some of the increased investment reflects that," Toomey explained
Meanwhile New Zealand's equestrian eventing team is another also among those to benefit from increased investment as they target the podium in London and they will get an extra $250,000 (£178,775/€214,603) on top of the $1 million (£646,120/€768,108) previously allocated for 2012.
The men's and women's basketball teams will benefit as they aim to qualify for the Olympic Games and their allocation includes additional funding if they succeed in qualifying.
Toomey added that HPSNZ is also investing in rugby sevens and has signalled further investment in 2013 as the sport gears up towards entry to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the sport set to receive $800,000 (£504,000/€605,007) this year and $1.75 million (£1.12 million/€1.34 million) next year.
The investment in the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) for its sevens programme will support full-time rugby sevens coaching staff, sevens-specific training camps and international competition for the men and women, who are aiming for Rio 2016 when the sport makes its debut on the Olympic programme.
Toomey says the applications for investment this year were for about twice the amount of money available.
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New Zealand chooses Wales for London 2012.


New Zealand’s Athletics Team has chosen Wales as its training location leading into the London Olympic Games. The team will be based in Cardiff in the run-up to the Games utilising the first class facilities at Cardiff International Sports Stadium and surrounding areas.
Olympic athletes from New Zealand join the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team, International Boxers from around the world and Paralympic athletes from South Africa and Australia who will all be based in Cardiff. The New Zealand Paralympic team will also prepare for the Paralympic Games in Swansea.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said:
“It is great news that the New Zealand Athletics Team has chosen Wales as its location for pre-Games training ahead of London 2012. The decision reflects the hard work put in by the Welsh Government and its partners over the past few months and shows that Wales has the kind of facilities and sporting infrastructure that Olympic and Paralympic teams are looking for. New Zealand’s athletes are amongst the best in the world and include Valerie Adams, the reigning Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion for the shot put. I’m sure the team will receive a warm Welsh welcome during their stay.”
Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Huw Lewis said:
“I am delighted to welcome the New Zealand Athletics Team to Wales. The decision proves that we have international standard facilities capable of hosting top-class sporting teams and events. I hope the presence of these world class athletes in Wales will inspire more young people to take up sport. We will be looking to work with the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) and Athletics New Zealand leading into the Games to maximise benefits for both nations in a sporting, educational and cultural context. ”
Athletics NZ Performance Director Scott Goodman said:
“I am working closely with the staff at the NZOC to ensure that our athletes have every opportunity to achieve our targeted outcomes in London. I visited the Athletics training venues in Cardiff in 2009 and I know that they will provide our athletes with everything we require for them succeed in London. All of the facilities are first-rate in relation to enabling our team prepare for the Games. In particular, the Sports Medicine facilities are the best I have seen. Most importantly though is the harmony between the two Nations through sport which has been reinforced by the recent Rugby World Cup. Both Nations love of sport and fanaticism for Rugby binds us together, so to me this is a logical partnership on a number of fronts”.
NZOC Chef de Mission Dave Currie said:
“I am working closely with Athletics NZ Performance Director, Scott Goodman, and his staff to ensure the success of the NZ Athletics Team in London. We believe that Cardiff is an ideal base for the Athletics Team members to prepare prior to joining the overall New Zealand Team in London. If all goes well we hope to extend this partnership for athletics, and possibly other sports, leading into the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games”.
Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said:
"It’s great to hear that athletes from New Zealand and the National Olympic Committee are developing a strong relationship with Wales to aid their training in advance of London 2012. And it’s fantastic to know that with less than a year to go plans are being developed to maximise benefits for both nations across sporting, educational and cultural agendas.”
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Mt Smart confirmed for All Whites' ASB Summer International



The All Whites will return to the scene of some of their most celebrated victories with Mt Smart Stadium selected for New Zealand’s now-confirmed February 29 ASB Summer International against Jamaica.

In 22 'A' Internationals at Mt Smart, the All Whites have tasted defeat just four times and posted notable victories over China, Japan, Israel, Australia (three times) and a then-World record 13-0 thumping of Fiji in 1981. England visited in 1991 to celebrate New Zealand Football’s centenary and the ground has also hosted matches against a USSR XI, Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle United, and Watford. Many of New Zealand’s 13 wins at Mt Smart came in 1981 during a memorable run to New Zealand’s first appearance at a FIFA World Cup.

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert, who scored the winner against China and a crucial 87th minute equaliser against Saudi Arabia at the ground during that campaign – and two years later would score a match winner against Australia – has fond memories of the ground. "Obviously the win over China and the draw against the Saudis have special resonance with me but that '82 campaign had so many highlights," Herbert said. "The crowds building as our momentum did, Steve Sumner scoring six in one game and even the drama against Kuwait is still pretty vivid not just for me but probably for lots of fans as well. I was also assistant coach when Ryan Nelsen scored against Australia to send us to the Confederations Cup so I've been lucky enough to be involved in some big results. The national team have got a pretty good record there and we'll be looking for another good result against a talented Jamaican outfit to kick-start our 2014 campaign."

New Zealand Football has confirmed that reserved seating tickets will be priced at just $29 dollars for adults and $15 for children, with equivalent seats in a family zone on the embankment set at $25 and $10 respectively. A family pass of two adults and two children in the family zone will cost $60.

"We’re setting our stall out to get as many people in as possible and create the kind of atmosphere that only a football crowd can," said New Zealand Football Chief Executive Grant McKavanagh. "A summer evening kick off is a bit of a novelty for an All Whites match, Jamaica are a very entertaining side and we’ll be close to full strength so we’re expecting a healthy turnout." McKavanagh also reminded fans to get in early. "We know football fans tend to be part of a walk up crowd but we saw the danger of that from the Phoenix match in Auckland recently. We have priced the game affordably to encourage fans to get their tickets as early as possible."

The match is likely to be the last outing before New Zealand begins its FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign at the Oceania Nations Cup in June.

ASB Summer International
New Zealand v Jamaica
Mt Smart Stadium
February 29, 2012
Kickoff: 7.30pm

Ticket details
Reserved seating: Adults $29, Children $15
Embankment: Adults $25, Children $10, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $60
Purchase from www.ticketek.co.nz

Corporate Lounge: $99 (includes carvery)
Corporate boxes: 12 person - $1600, 16 person - $2500, 26 person - $3500
Purchase from www.mtsmartstadium.com
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover 30 days to go!

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VOLUNTEERS OVERSUBSCRIBED!

Hundreds of applicants have signed up as volunteers for next month's Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race and the organisers have now closed volunteer registration. “Just under 500 volunteers have registered on the database and we’ve been blown away by the quality and commitment,” says Port Director Tom Mayo. “Professionals and superannuants, students and yachties from all over New Zealand and overseas have got involved and many have already put in long days in the final planning phase for the event.”

The majority of volunteers are New Zealanders but applications also came from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The age range is from 16 to 78. The volunteers are filling roles both on and off the water including accreditation, information services, media operations, Volvo Experience assistants, backstage positions, drivers, dock marshals, Try Sailing, spectator services and much more. One will be dressed as Wisdom the Albatross, the official mascot of Keep the Oceans Clean! initiative.

Others will be assisting with the Air Balls, the Grinding Challenge and the model Volvo Cars and Trucks. Groups will work in spectator services, shore team support, event operations, container storage and other support areas. “We’ve appointed 320 volunteers to specific roles to date,” says Mayo. “We’ve got one final big training session on 11 February and ten days later we will start to build the Race Village. It’s exciting times with only 30 days to go now until the arrival of the fleet.”


The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante (Spain) on 29 October and features nine Legs with Stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France) with the finish in Galway (Ireland) in July 2012.

The Auckland Stopover runs from 8 – 18 March 2012
8 March: boats scheduled to arrive for finish of Leg 4 from Sanya (China)
16 March: Pro-Am Race
17 March: In-Port Race
18 March: Start of Leg 5 to Itajai (Brazil)

The last Auckland Stopover was a decade ago, during the 2001/2002 Race. There was a brief 48 hour pitstop in Wellington in 2005/6.

The 2012 Stopover will be the eighth time the Race has come to Auckland. This is the eleventh edition of the Race which was first held back in 1973/74.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) owns the rights to stage the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover (VORAS), and is the primary funder of the event.

Government support for the event has been confirmed, including a grant from the Major Events Development Fund.

ATEED has appointed Auckland major events company Mayo& to deliver the Stopover on its behalf.

For more information on the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover, please visit www.volvooceanraceauckland.com
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Ryan Nelsen sat on the benches on his first outing for Spurs at Anfield yesterday.

0-0 draw. I had $50 on the Yids winning.
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Cobham Oval hosted its first ever ODI on Monday. Black Caps demolishing Zimbabwe.

Damn good looking ground it is too. Have seen it before for some Knights games but stood up well to the one dayer.

South Africa arrive in a couple of days- really looking forward to that.

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Nice looking trad pavilion, are there embankments areound the ground?
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Who will win the Olympic Summer Games 2020?


On 15 February 2012, was the deadline for submitting the bid to the IOC officially of the candidate cities for the Olympic Summer Games 2020. The next stop on the tour will be in Moscow in April, after which the candidate cities will be reduced by the IOC, in three (May 23 in Canada). The city finalists will compete in Buenos Aires, September 7th of 2013.



Initially, the cities that had expressed willingness were: Rome, Tokyo, Madrid, Istanbul, Doha, Baku. But the Italian capital, had to give up: the Prime Minister, Mario Monti, has not signed the plan that supported his candidacy. He said: "I had to make a difficult decision and I chose to give up this great project. In this moment Italy is facing huge structural change with maneuvers and huge economic sacrifices. Imperative essential for Italy is to avoid downloading charges on future generations. We can not afford an economic catastrophe, such as occurred in Greece, where the enormous costs of the 2004 Olympics, led the country to collapse. In addition we also consider the example of London 2012, where costs of the Olympics has more than doubled. Italians have understood that we had to give up for the good of the country. Now we must focus on the big event to be held in Milan in 2015, Expo. However, Rome must not lose his Olympic dream in the future may also apply for the Olympic Games of 2024 ". Output Italy from the competition, the game has brought only five competitors.

Tokyo is a candidate for the second consecutive time after an unsuccessful attempt in 2016. His position could be weakened by the allocation of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (South Korea), but can play for the emotion aroused by the "suggestion" of reconstruction after the catastrophe of 2011.

"Ispiring change" is the slogan chosen by Doha, which has included in his presentation included a project to promote, through sport, to the advancement of women. The Qatar has already been allocated the organization of the World Cup in 2022. Moreover, the international media have noted the goodwill shown by the IOC, which has allowed to move the entire period of the Olympics in September and October, to avoid the peak summer heat.

The logo of the Spanish bid is a stylization of "M" in Madrid and the number 20 in front of the Olympic rings, which remind one of the symbols of the city Puerta de Alcalá. But the writing seems to "20020", an effect that has been criticized in the country's most influential media and social networks: the question was if Madrid want to submit the candidature for the Olympic Games of 2020 or 20020. Beyond the controversy, one of the main handicaps of the city - in addition to the economic downturn, higher than the Italian amplified because the explosion of the housing bubble - is the recent death of Juan Antonio Samaranch, one of the most prominent men of the IOC. Madrid has its good results of his previous nomination, only beaten by Rio in the third, suffered and voting - then this will be his third consecutive attempt.

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan. He has about three million inhabitants, overlooking the Caspian Sea and is also the country's main port. The "old city" in 2000 was declared a World Heritage Site, Azerbaijan has significant growth rates and is the richest, largest and important state in the Caucasus, based on the economic power of oil and thus (like Qatar) with substantial resources to be deployed to conquer this goal. Not only an important energy hub, but also a crossroads of spheres of influence.

The latest challenger is Istanbul, which has very specific credentials to be asserted: rampant economy, a vast program of expansion of infrastructure - ports, airports, railways and highways - that is transforming the face of the country. Also in the last decade, after three unsuccessful nominations, have been improved and the equipment of installations of all kinds be measures to promote the sport among young people in school and racing. At a geopolitical level, his being a "bridge" between cultures and continents never before appeared in keeping with the Olympic spirit. Finally, it seems to boast an ally in weight, Germany's Angela Merkel.

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Madrid would be my call. Barcelona 92 was probably the best games ever so Im sure they could replicate that again.

tbh though Im over the Olympics, I only just realised there was a games on this year a couple of weeks back and had to scratch my head trying to recall who was hosting it.
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I have a sneaky feeling Istanbul is going to get it.

Turkey is a bit of a star economically speaking, its a bridge between Africa and Europe, is an Islamic country but operates, really, as secular, so it takes the games to a new market (both from a geographical and ideological point of view)

With Europe on its doorstep it provides the same revenue potential (TV, visitors, advertising) that Madrid would.

It is, by all accounts, an absolutely fascinating city to visit - I'll get there eventually.
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Barcelona 92 was probably the best games ever......
Sydneysiders and Juan Antonio Samaranch might take issue with that claim.....
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Nelsen cleared to lead NZ against Jamaica



In between Arsenal away and Manchester United at home, All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen will fly to New Zealand to lead his country against Jamaica.

New Zealand Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh spoke to the Tottenham defender overnight and confirmed his availability for the fixture at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Wednesday night.

"It shows just how committed Ryan is to representing New Zealand,'' McKavanagh said. "It's a heck of a trip, and we wanted to make sure given his recent run of injury that he was 100 per cent fit and prepared for game.''

Nelsen's whirlwind trip will see him depart for New Zealand after Monday morning's (NZT) North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, arriving in time for the captain's run on Tuesday evening. He will then fly out immediately after the game to return in time for Tottenham's clash against Manchester United, the club directly above them on the Premier League table, at White Hart Lane the following Monday.

Because the international, the All Whites' last before they begin their World Cup qualifying campaign, is inside a Fifa window Spurs were obliged to release Nelsen for the match, but McKavanagh preferred a communicative approach. "Given he has just signed for one of the biggest clubs in England and is trying to cement a spot, we wanted to give him time to personally discuss it with his manager rather than just wave the rule book at his employers.''

Nelsen signed for Tottenham, currently third place in the English Premier League, from Blackburn Rovers on the last day of the transfer window in January. He made his debut after coming off the bench during Spurs' 5-0 win over Newcastle earlier in the month, before starting and keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Stevenage in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The draw against the League One outfit was a disappointing result and sees Spurs forced into a replay at White Hart Lane to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition, but Nelsen did impress.

"I thought Ryan was fantastic,'' Tottenham captain Michael Dawson told the club's website. "We changed the formation a little, played myself, Younes [Kaboul] and Ryan [at the back]. He played in the middle and he was outstanding. He won everything in the air, was strong and played really well. He showed all his experience in what was a real test for us against a big, physical team.''

The replay will be played on March 8 (NZT), three days after Tottenham's match against Machester United, ensuring a hectic 10 days for the All Whites captain.


ASB Summer International
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Mt Smart Stadium
February 29, 2012
Kickoff: 7.30pm
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Would make for one hell of a derby....

...presumably at Eden Park.

Owen Glenn eyes south Auckland for second NRL side
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Published: 11:04AM Wednesday March 07, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

New Warriors co-owner Owen Glenn has shifted the focus of his hopes for a second New Zealand NRL side from Christchurch to Auckland.

There were reports Glenn wanted to invest in a Christchurch-based team however he is now said to believe Canterbury may not be the best location for another New Zealand NRL side.

Glenn held informal talks over dinner last week with NRL chief executive David Gallop, about the prospect of a second side gaining entry to the NRL competition, and further pressed Shane Mattiske, the NRL's director of strategy and special projects, on the matter after the Warriors defeat at the hands of Manly at Eden Park on Sunday.

On Monday The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Glenn as saying, "But I asked this gentleman [Mattiske], what criteria do you want? If you say to me, 'Sign up another 100,000 people [supporters], or another 20 [junior] clubs', whatever you want - tell me, and I will do it, and I will come knocking on your door.''

''Sydney has got nine [clubs], why can't we get two?," Glenn wondered.

On his switch from Christchurch to Auckland as the ideal location for the second Kiwi side, Glenn is believed to be excited by the rugby league talent around the south Auckland and Manukau area and feels Auckland would be the best place to make the bid and subsequent side successful.

Sydney has a population of over four million people while Auckland has just cracked the 1.5 million mark.
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I think the majority of Warriors supporters are in South Auckland.

Christchurch,Wellington, or Dunedin are much better options.
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It has some merit given that a large percentage (70%+?) of league's NZ base - supporters, players, etc - are in the wider Auckland region.

If it went ahead, would love to see Mt Smat ditched and a new 20,000 rectangular stadium built close to the CBD. It would be much more financially viable if the two teams shared it - meaning it would be in use practically every weekend - as well as being used for football, maybe some ITM cup games against smaller teams, and, being downtown without noise restrictions - things like concerts. For bigger games (finals, and the derby) they would use Eden park.

One alternative put forward was having a team based at Waikato stadium in Hamilton. league is pretty strong in that region apparently, its only 1hr from Auckland, and the Auckland-Hamilton rivalry is pretty big, in union anyway.

Dunedin doesn't really have a league pedigree, Christchurch not much of one these days. Wellington would be the only other alternative - mind you, getting crowds of 10k in the Cake Tin. Depressing atmosphere.
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