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Old October 6th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #221
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I went to see the first two games of Argentina . These are a video and some pics I took this week.
We took the streets of Dunedin, NZ lol, I can't wait for the next match against Scotland














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Old October 13th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #222
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IRB head lavish in praise of NZ hosts
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5:30 AM Friday Oct 14, 2011

This Rugby World Cup has been the best ever - "probably" - and the tournament will return to New Zealand some day, says the head of the International Rugby Board. "If you take it all together, it's certainly exceptional," IRB chief executive Mike Miller said yesterday. "Best ever? Probably. "But, you know, if you ask the people who worked on France, they would say, yes, it's very good, but ... and the people who worked on Australia as well, which was another great tournament.

"It's certainly set the bar very high for England. It's going to be very difficult for England or anyone who follows to have a tournament which has been as successful as this, I think." Only two weekends remain. Two hundred tickets to Sunday's All Blacks v Australia semifinal were released at midday yesterday and sold out within hours. For Saturday's semifinal, between France and Wales, about 3500 tickets are left in most seating categories, priced from $300 to $800. Tournament organisers have also announced that a couple of hundred extra tickets to the grand final will be made available today at midday.

IRB tournament director Kit McConnell encouraged visitors and locals to make the most of the few matches left. "Don't let the last two weekends pass you by," Mr McConnell said. He urged everyone to end the World Cup on a high. "If you can't manage to make it out to the stadiums, just make sure you share it with friends and family, get down to the waterfront, get down to a fan zone nearby, just make sure you make the most of the last two weekends." Mr Miller said the tournament's atmosphere, volunteers, operations and the co-operation between Rugby New Zealand 2011, the New Zealand Rugby Union, local and national governments and the IRB had been "absolutely great".

But the performances on the field were also standouts. "The first World Cup I saw in the flesh was in '91 and I would say this must be the most competitive World Cup ever." The IRB had made a calculated decision to pair a return to New Zealand - a spiritual home of rugby but yielding lower revenues - with a high-grossing event in England. Deciding two World Cup hosts at a time allowed some risks to be taken, he said.

"I think it's good that in this modern era, the council was prepared to take a decision that wasn't just based on, 'where can we get the most money?'," he said. "Whether we come back to New Zealand at some point? Look, I'm sure the World Cup will come back here at some point. It's just that there are so many other countries that want to host now that it will be a while."
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Old October 17th, 2011, 12:29 AM   #225
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I went to severals games in WC 2007 (opening, Italy-Scotland, England-Australia, and 2 1/2 finals), and I can say that kiwis are very respectful people (more than their neighbords ) they went at the 1/2 final France-England (tickets payed a long time before the WC). The organization for this WC was very good, despite on the fact that 1 of the main stadium can't be used (Christruch).

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I went to severals games in WC 2007 (opening, Italy-Scotland, England-Australia, and 2 1/2 finals), and I can say that kiwis are very respectful people (more than their neighbords ) they went at the 1/2 final France-England (tickets payed a long time before the WC). The organization for this WC was very good, despite on the fact that 1 of the main stadium can't be used (Christruch).

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Thank you, those are very kind words
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Old October 18th, 2011, 08:28 PM   #228
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Rich and famous flock to final
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Globe-trotting billionaire Richard Branson and his family - including socialite daughter Holly - are set to jet in by private plane tomorrow. The Virgin founder, worth more than $5 billion, will arrive just in time to host a sold out star-studded dinner to raise funds for Outward Bound. Holly, 29, is rumoured to be attending her father's dinner with her husband-to-be, shipbroker Fred Andrews. The Branson clan will also attend the World Cup final at Eden Park on Sunday.

Also set to attend Branson's fundraising dinner is Kiwi expat and former supermodel Rachel Hunter, who arrived from Los Angeles last week in time to support the All Black at the semifinals. Other well-known New Zealanders who are home to support the team at the final include America's Cup skipper Sir Russell Coutts and actor Martin Henderson. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was rumoured to be heading to Eden Park this weekend but his wife, Carla Bruni, is due to give birth any day, making his attendance less likely.

Last month, Prime Minister John Key said Mr Sarkozy might attend if there was an All Blacks versus France final. "You never know, you might find his Airbus A380 parked up at Auckland Airport. Nice plane, I'm told," Mr Key said. If Mr Sarkozy does make it to Auckland he would be hobnobbing with guests including British royals, prime ministers including John Key, Australia's Julia Gillard, Russia's Vladimir Putin and possibly Britain's David Cameron.

Other international stars have already touched down in Auckland - including Prince Albert II of Monaco and his new bride, Princess Charlene, who went to both last week's semifinals. It has been reported that beer magnate Charlene de Carvalho-Heinekin arrived last week for the last two weeks of knock-out matches. Hobbit star James Nesbitt said he would take a break from filming in Wellington to head up to Auckland to be at the final. Fellow Hobbit actor Orlando Bloom might also make his way to Eden Park after catching some of Australia's pool matches with supermodel wife Miranda Kerr earlier in the tournament.
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Best of luck to the AB's...you deserve to win.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #231
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Sales target met
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Rugby World Cup organisers have achieved their $268.5 million sales target - but the taxpayer remains $39 million out of pocket for the tournament. Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011) today announced it had achieved its revenue target with two matches still to be played, with ticket sales today surpassing the $268.5m target set more than two years ago. RNZ 2011 chairman Brian Roche said sales this week had pushed revenue to $268.7m, with 87 per cent of available tickets to this weekends Australia v Wales bronze playoff and the All Blacks-France final.
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Visitor numbers surge by 26pc
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5:30 AM Saturday Oct 22, 2011

At least 80,000 international visitors hit our shores for the Rugby World Cup - in just the first half. Statistics New Zealand yesterday released September visitor arrival numbers, including those who said they were here for the World Cup. More than 27,000 residents of Australia, 11,000 from the United Kingdom, and 3000 each from the United States, South Africa and Ireland arrived during the month for the tournament. Argentina, Japan, Canada and Fiji also registered more than 1000 visitors each. The 74,400 World Cup arrivals pushed the total number of visitors during the month to 26 per cent higher than the same time last year.

Welsh visitor Neil Godfrey was among the crowds packing the Auckland waterfront yesterday. He said he had come for the rugby - but having now seen the country, he was determined to return. "When the IRB have gone away and the place has gone back to normal, I'll be bringing back my wife to visit. "It's brilliant. The people are fantastic and the country is lovely." Australian Courtney Talbot is a rare female World Cup visitor - 69 per cent are male - but is in the most common age group, 25 to 29. This is her first visit to New Zealand, and it is a short one - she arrived on Thursday and will be off again tomorrow. "But I definitely want to come back. It's beautiful. It's a beautiful city," Ms Talbot said.

Tournament boss Martin Snedden said attracting visitors to New Zealand was one of the key reasons for hosting the World Cup. "We have seen in the past six weeks that our overseas guests have added hugely to the colour and passion of our match-day crowds so these numbers bear out that they have certainly been here boots and all." Rugby World Cup tickets were sold to more than 100 countries, leading to estimates that New Zealand would get 95,000 tournament visitors. Meanwhile, Visa credit card figures showed the greatest surge of spending was by Irish and French visitors in September.

Australian visitors spent the greatest total, $13 million more than last year. But Irish spending grew 525 per cent, and French by 230 per cent. Vehicle rental and oil spending increased by more than 70 per cent compared with last year through visitors travelling around the country in cars and campervans, said Visa New Zealand country manager Sean Preston.


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"Thank you, New Zealand" - Martin Snedden

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It's been a really tough last 12 months for New Zealand. The magnitude of the Christchurch disaster and the complexity of the road to recovery have knocked us all. Pike River added to our sadness. On top of that, the economic recession has lasted long and bitten deeper than any of us expected. We've grieved for those directly affected by these events and worried about our country's future. Rugby World Cup 2011 hasn't solved the problems but it has given us some fantastic relief at a time when we needed some form of escape. Our collective efforts have given us just cause to be proud of who we are and, most importantly, to start smiling again. The nation's morale has lifted.

Our thousands of guests have sensed our mood and responded brilliantly, adding rich colour and flavour to this celebration of our national game and our country. We owe them heaps. Maybe the All Blacks will win tomorrow, maybe they won't. I fervently hope they do but, regardless, New Zealand's hosting effort will be rightly regarded as a huge success. The key to that is how people genuinely embraced the notion that great hosting is about taking care of guests first and placing our own needs second. The atmosphere in every stadium has been magical. One day we would discover our Irish heritage, next day we'd become Welsh. What on earth would international TV viewers watching the Georgia versus Romania game have made of so many spectators at that match wearing red or yellow buckets on their heads?

Maybe we've been a bit crazy at times, but we were convincing enough at both Eden Park and Otago Stadium for Brian O'Driscoll to truly believe tens of thousands of Irishmen had made the long trek to New Zealand to support his team. The reality was that it was mostly us Kiwis who had taken his men to our hearts. Every community throughout New Zealand that's had responsibility for hosting a slice of the cup has done so selflessly and with great passion. The Real New Zealand Festival and the showcasing initiatives led by the NZ 2011 Office have been a great success, broadening our focus well beyond rugby to enable thousands of non-rugby Kiwis to enjoy and contribute to the tournament.

Let's celebrate the key role Auckland has played in encouraging people to embrace the tournament. There were some major issues on opening night but Rachael Dacy and her Auckland team have done a great job igniting a vibrant and united city that Aucklanders have long craved. The waterfront, the Fan Trail to Eden Park, the street flags and bunting, the wonderful school projects, all of these and much more helped enormously give this event its mojo. Some said the "stadium of 4 million" concept was fanciful, unachievable. Thankfully, most Kiwis preferred to take up our challenge. The success of this event truly belongs to the people of New Zealand. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you. New Zealand's triumph is rightfully yours to savour.
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 05:05 PM   #234
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The opening ceremony was something else. To do it so well without Christchurch hosting as well. What makes this even so great is that will probably be a springboard to other events, the under 20 soccer world cup in 2015 will probably be fairly big as well. It is interesting to hear comments from an IOC head, saying that New Zealand could probably hold an Olympic games based on what he had seen from this event. It may be a long way off, it is not entirely unfeasible if it was staged as a country.
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Let's go France !!!

And good luck All Blacks.
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Whate a shame on the referee ! Always the same fault on rucks and 0 penalty !

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This is a really well-written BBC blog article that imo says it all:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugb...n/15405316.stm
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Rugby World Cup visitor numbers put at 133,000
NZ HERALD 5:30 AM Wednesday Nov 23, 2011

The surge of Rugby World Cup visitors outstripped expectations - but the benefits could be mixed as a hangover of weaker tourism lingers through summer. Statistics NZ reported yesterday that 133,000 had ticked a box on their arrival cards to say they were here for the cup, exceeding pre-tournament forecasts of 95,000 World Cup visitors by 40 per cent. But the tally is not simply extra visitors. The actual increase in arrivals compared to last year is less than 80,000 - suggesting 55,000 fewer non-World Cup arrivals than last year, though this does not take into account any World Cup visitors who may have come anyway.

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research principal economist Shamubeel Eaqub said the benefits of the influx were "negligible". Visitor arrivals had been flat in the lead-up to the World Cup, and they could stagnate again during the crucial summer months. "What tends to happen around a big event is people who were going to come to New Zealand anyway [move their trip to] come during the event," he said. "The risk is that as summer unfolds, we won't see as many people from places like South Africa, England and Australia." The benefits were confined to pockets, and businesses outside them lost out. The main winner was, surprisingly, supermarkets - probably because people stayed in to watch games, Mr Eaqub said.

Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler said a key success of the cup was the good publicity from visiting journalists. "We had a very large programme of targeting media to experience New Zealand beyond the rugby field ... There's nothing more powerful than an independent opinion." The tournament made $269 million in ticket sales, $188 million of it from Kiwis. The $81 million worth bought by overseas visitors covered just over half of the International Rugby Board's hosting fee of $150 million. Tournament organisers expected to be left with a deficit of $39 million. About $1.2 billion in investments went into projects that contributed to the country's hosting of the World Cup, including $555 million in stadium upgrades and more than $200 million in local government expenses. About half of the total was directly funded by taxpayers and ratepayers.
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