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Old January 11th, 2011, 02:30 AM   #181
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If the Springboks do well in the World Cup, they may thank Taupo. Against expectations, the South Africans will not be based with their big expatriate community on Auckland's North Shore. By all accounts the team wanted to be far away from the Shore when they prepared for their matches there. They have got their wish. They will be at Taupo. But if they wanted to escape expats they could be out of luck. South Africans living in the central North Island are keen to make them welcome, says Taupo District Council communications manager Suzanne Takiwa. A good number of them live around the lake, at Turangi and Reporoa and other places, she says. There could be barbecues for the Springboks after practice at Owen Delany Park. Coach Peter de Villiers has visited the training venue and knows what to expect.

The team will stay first in Wellington for their first two matches, then will come to Taupo for the rest of the pool phase. They will make brief trips to Auckland to play Namibia and Samoa at North Harbour Stadium. Two other teams, Wales and Ireland, will also have spells in Taupo on their way to match venues. They also will find plenty of expatriate hospitality, says Suzanne Takiwa. Visiting team scouts have been heartened by Taupo's range of facilities, she says. They include a good pool, several gyms and the Wairakei golf course. The host organisation is planning events with players' wives and children in mind.

That should not be hard with Taupo's attractions - the Huka Jet, the bungy and big swing; skydiving, sailing, kayaking and black-water rafting; and skiing on Ruapehu. Then there are hot pools, trout fishing on the lake and fly fishing in the Tongariro River. Events will include mountainbiking's 12-hour Day-Night Thriller, a three-day hunting expo and the Kinloch fishing competition. Taupo will be heavily publicising its central location to travelling supporters of all teams in the cup. Brochures in campervans and street billboards in places such as Huntly will suggest tourists take the inland route whatever their destination. Many will find the town a good central base for travelling to games. If the Springboks were looking for somewhere out of the way, they may be disappointed.
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Rugby Hosts: NAPIER

Former All Black Kieran Crowley, now coach of Canada, eyed the Hawkes Bay regional co-ordinator for Rugby World Cup, Peter Mooney, and said, "We will be your second team, won't we?" No question. Canada will be based at Napier for more than two weeks of September. It is not their first port of call and not their last but it is their longest by far. They play France at McLean Park on September 18 and Japan at the same ground nine days later. Crowley has offered his players for 15 school visits, says Mooney, and indicated he is keen to generate all the local support he can. Hawkes Bay primary school teams will be preparing for their Ross Shield competition in October and Mooney hopes to give them contact with the Canadians, maybe with pick-up games of touch.

At this stage about 1000 supporters are expected to come from Canada for the cup, with possibly 7000 from France and 2400 from Japan. In Napier, they will see the annual Blossom Festival. It opens with a parade on Saturday, September 17, the day before the Canada-France game and both teams have offered their non-playing squad members for a float. This year, the Blossom Festival will feature a three-storey rugby ball made of grass. Mooney hopes the World Cup players will do some picture duty around it. In addition, he plans to give schools a menu of opportunities to see the players, such as open practice sessions at Tremain field. Schools that put their hand up early this year will be allocated an opportunity. The Canadians, or at least their coach, may be keen on these events but Japan and France are another story.

"France and Japan come a few days before their matches and basically said not to bother them until it's over," Mooney said. Japan's coach, another former All Black John Kirwan, and France's Jo Maso have both checked out the venue. When Mooney was showing Maso around McLean Park the Frenchman recalled playing there in 1968 when France beat Hawkes Bay. "At that moment I looked across and saw [former All Black] Ian MacRae poke his head through the door, said Mooney. "Maca was opposing Maso that day. I called him over and they had a great time." But if Kieran Crowley's efforts pay off, the Bay will be behind Canada. And he is no doubt looking ahead to his team's last pool match, in Wellington against the All Blacks. Some second-team sympathy there could be handy.


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Old January 11th, 2011, 02:52 AM   #183
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Rugby Hosts: NELSON

Nelson will be hometown for Italy and their supporters for three weeks of the pool phase of the World Cup. Coach John Kirwan and his team are due to settle into the city a full week before the tournament opens. They will travel to Christchurch for their opening match against Australia on the first weekend of the cup but return to Nelson for the rest of the month, playing their next two games at Trafalgar Park against Russia and the United States. The Italians are set to receive a particularly warm welcome from Nelson's long-established Italian community, many of whose ancestors migrated a century ago to grow tomatoes in the mild Mediterranean climate. An Italian connection of a different sort will be forged while they are there. They will attend the opening of a long-overdue memorial to Nelson members of the Maori Battalion who fought in Italy during World War II.

Susan Coleman, Nelson regional director for RWC2011, says many of the battalion came back speaking fluent Italian. The memorial will take the form of a plaque in a wahora (arched gateway) to be built in the city's Anzac Park. The team are expected to hold some open training sessions at Saxton cricket ground and local schools will be allowed to attend. By the time the team head off to play the Wallabies, they should have Nelson behind them and when they return to face Russia and the Americans they should have a "hometown" advantage. Before Italy's match with Russia, on September 20, Nelson will stage a re-enactment of the first game of rugby in the town in 1870. Teams from Nelson Rugby Club and Nelson College will play in the uniforms of the day under the rules of that time. The game will be held at The Botanics sportsground, finishing in plenty of time for ticketholders to walk to Trafalgar Park for the cup match.

When Italy play the US a week later they will not be the only side with some local support. The US squad includes a Nelson player, Junior Sifa of Richmond, who has American parentage. He represented Nelson Bays in 2005 and Tasman in 2006 before playing professionally in Ireland until last year. His partner is also from Nelson and their families should ensure the US team also have plenty of support at the match on September 27. At some stage during their stay the Italian team will taste the delights of the wider region, travelling to Abel Tasman National Park for walking, kayaking and other "adventure" activities. The hosts are reckoning on about 14,000 out-of-town visitors for the cup. About 1200 Italians will be among the 4000 international guests. Between matches they will be able to enjoy a festival of Nelson's food, wine, arts and crafts organised for the event.
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Old January 11th, 2011, 06:34 PM   #184
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Wonderful pictures... I had already seen some beautiful NZ landscapes in the Lord of the Rings movies, but these pictures simply make me want to visit this country.
Maybe in September...
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Wonderful pictures... I had already seen some beautiful NZ landscapes in the Lord of the Rings movies, but these pictures simply make me want to visit this country.
Maybe in September...
Thanks mate, I have lived here for 5 and a half years and only recently started traveling through NZ and it has left me gob-smacked - it is an incredibly beautiful country with clean towns and cities, diverse landscapes, gorgeous beaches and Worldly-wise, down-to-earth people (not Nationalistic / insular at all). I hope that you get the opportunity to experience all that NZ has to offer

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Old January 12th, 2011, 01:19 AM   #186
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Rugby Hosts: HAMILTON

Hamilton is still the home town of Wales' coach Warren Gatland and it will be his team's base, too, for two matches that are likely to be crucial in their pool. Wales will be playing Fiji and Samoa at Waikato Stadium, and may need all the local support it can muster. Both Pacific teams will have a big following and Wales will probably have to beat both to join the pool's likely winner, South Africa. Hamilton rolled out a red carpet for the Welsh when they were in the city for last year's All Black test. This time Fraser Tech and other clubs such as Hamilton Old Boys and Hamilton Marist are lining up to welcome Wales' travelling supporters for the World Cup, and the RSA has offered its facilities.

Two private schools, St Paul's Collegiate and St Peter's School, will be training venues for the teams. The city's Hood St bar precinct is talking about closing the street and laying down artificial grass with goalposts to become Hamilton's "party central" for the tournament. Hamilton can expect big numbers at all its matches. The All Blacks play their second game at Waikato Stadium, against Japan, before Wales and the Pacific teams arrive. Hamilton has had one of the highest turnouts for volunteer registration in the country. The last weekend of November, 254 came through the doors of the city's reception lounge of potential volunteers. One man had driven from Whitianga to volunteer.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 02:26 PM   #187
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Thanks mate, I have lived here for 5 and a half years and only recently started traveling through NZ and it has left me gob-smacked - it is an incredibly beautiful country with clean towns and cities, diverse landscapes, gorgeous beaches and Worldly-wise, down-to-earth people (not Nationalistic / insular at all).
You obviously didn't go to the heart of the South Island.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 12:05 AM   #188
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You obviously didn't go to the heart of the South Island.
I have and that is where you find people who are the salt of the earth and they are very wise when it comes to the ways of the world - they have to be. They are also very conservative and insular to a degree but nothing like what I have experienced in some parts of the world
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Rugby Hosts: BLENHEIM

The Russians are coming to Blenheim for their Rugby World Cup. Not just the 500 supporters or so the town expected, but 2000 of them. "That's huge," says Rugby World Cup's Marlborough project manager, Susan Witehira, "but that number has been confirmed for us - 2000." Russia is coming to its first Rugby World Cup with a squad of 45 players and officials. They will be based in Blenheim for most of their first fortnight, making trips away for matches at Nelson and New Plymouth. By the time they arrive on September 6, Blenheim should be well primed to receive them. Local schools have received a programme to give children some Russian language. The local newspaper, the Marlborough Express, has begun a weekly feature of Russian phrases.

If that does not make the visitors feel at home, Marlborough boasts an international award-winning local vodka and brews a Russian-styled beer. On September 7, when the team go to Omaka Marae for their official powhiri, they could see a flyover of one of Russia's World War II fighter planes, the Yak-3. The Omaka aviation museum will feature aircraft of the type Russia used in World War I and inside, suspended from the roof, a display dedicated to Russian World War I ace Aleksandr Kazakov will feature a mannequin of him in a full-size replica of his monoplane. The team are serious about the World Cup, with high hopes of beating the United States in their first match. Their coaching staff includes capped English international Steve Diamond and New Zealander Henry Paul.

They are giving their players just a day and half free of training but their practice sessions will be open and they have invited local school 1st XVs to attend. Susan Witehira expects Marlborough to get heavy exposure on Russian television during the team's stay. She has been told the oligarch who runs TV in Russia is keen on sport and all the games will be free to air. Russia's rugby union sees the World Cup as an unprecedented opportunity for the promotion of the game there and Marlborough sees an opportunity to promote its wines in one of the world's largest emerging markets. Springfest on the Picton foreshore will wind up the Russian team's visit. Marlborough aims to send the team and their 2000 supporters home with fond memories, enduring rugby connections and a definite taste for seafood and sauvignon blanc.
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Rugby hosts: QUEENSTOWN
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The luck of the Irish came through when host towns were allocated for the Rugby World Cup. Ireland start their tour with a week in Queenstown. How they scored the jewel in New Zealand tourism's crown remains a mystery, because after tuning up in the Southern Lakes resort, the Irish go to the North Island for all but the last of their pool matches. Team managers plan to arrive on August 31 and the next day the squad of 55 players, coaches and officials land at Queenstown Airport for an official powhiri led by Ngai Tahu. The Arrowtown Irish community includes a Gaelic speaker or two who will respond in the ancient language. The Lakes District's hosting manager for the cup, Jason "JD" Marrable, says the team have been offered the full range of the region's adventure attractions but the managers have indicated the players will not be bungy jumping, skiing or mountain biking in their week's build-up.

They are more likely to relax with golf on one of the district's three championship courses and take an invitation to sample Central Otago pinot at a Lake Hayes winery. If they are looking for something familiar they will find a hurling club near Queenstown or the town's Irish pubs, such as Pog Mahon's, which has just won the Guinness pouring championship of New Zealand. The English team, who come to Queenstown two weeks later, have a different attitude to the adventure attractions. Mr Marrable says manager Martin Johnson expects the players will go bungy jumping. England will be half-way through their pool matches and Johnson intends to treat the Queenstown stop as rest and recreation. Queenstown will also have Romania for four nights, and two other touring parties will be not far away: Scotland, who start their tour in Invercargill, and Georgia, who will be based in Dunedin.

Travelling wives, girlfriends and supporters of all the teams playing in the Deep South will find plenty to do. Otago, Southland and the Lakes District have co-ordinated their preparations for the cup. Bluff's annual oyster festival has been put off to September. The Queenstown jazz festival has been brought forward from Labour Weekend. The annual curling contest at Naseby and gold panning championships at Arrowtown will take place during the cup. A golden oldies match between the classic All Blacks and a French XV will be played the day after a Romania-Argentina clash in Invercargill. The host organisation hopes to bring children from some of the Lake District's remote schools to events involving visiting players and supporters. But Mr Marrable knows the teams will be trying to concentrate on training at Queenstown's glittering Events Centre near the edge of the lake under the Remarkables.


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Dunedin stadium on schedule

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Dunedin will have its state of the art, 30,000 capacity multi-purpose stadium complete and ready to go by August. The Forsyth Barr Stadium is nearing physical completion, with the grass ready to be sowed later this month and the construction set to be complete in May. Chairman of Carisbrook Stadium Trust Malcolm Farry says there's no need for panic. He says a lot of people have been concerned about whether they would meet the schedule but they definitely will. Farry's calling the entire complex a major centre for sport in New Zealand.
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Rugby hosts: NEW PLYMOUTH
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The cold war is coming to New Plymouth. The city is hosting the United States and Russia for their pool match in the World Cup and its residents will be encouraged to take sides. The eastern side of a street could adopt the Russians, the west the Americans, or something like that. New Plymouth City Council's Rugby World Cup manager, Jenny Mills, says they will not call it the cold war, but the east-west theme will definitely be promoted. The Chamber of Commerce may encourage retailers to dress their shops in the team colours just as they did when the Irish played the All Blacks there last June. The US team will be based in the region, spending their first week in Wanganui then coming to New Plymouth for 10 days. There they will play Ireland on Sunday, September 11, before meeting Russia four days later.

The US, who will train at Inglewood, will have ample time to become the host-town favourites, but so far Russia seem to be stealing a march for New Plymouth's heart. The Russian team are coming to New Zealand this month for a couple of preparatory matches, one of them against a Taranaki invitation team. Jenny Mills says she has found a surprising number of Russians in the region, though many speak no English. But those who can have inundated her with offers to act as interpreters. An American presence is much less evident, except for the chief executive of a local helicopter company who has offered to give the US team flights around Mt Taranaki. In late September, Wales and Namibia will travel to Stadium Taranaki for a pool match. Taranaki will lay on surfing, skiing, boating, deep sea fishing and two race meetings during the cup. It should be a pleasant cold war.
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New Zealand can't lose this year's Rugby World Cup if the French view is anything to go by. Eighty per cent of respondents to a poll conducted by leading French sports newspaper L'Equipe believe the All Blacks will take out the cup. The respondents are not so confident about France's chances with more than half saying that their team will not make the quarter finals. The All Blacks and Les Bleus are in the same pool of the competition.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #194
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Well, we'll see !

Because le XV de France is pretty accustomed to beat the AllBlacks during world cups !!
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Well, it's true that every World Cup, New Zealand is the favorite, but many times she doesn't assume this status until the end, being eliminated in quarter or semi-final by France or Australia !
But given our current level, we should not bother you this time IMHO !
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Old January 20th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #196
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Don't get me wrong but is this thread about the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup and the stadiums to be used or has the NZ Government paid for advertisements promiting places in NZ other than the stadiums? Just wondering considering this is supposed to be about stadiums and arenas.
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Because le XV de France is pretty accustomed to beat the AllBlacks during world cups !!
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Well, it's true that every World Cup, New Zealand is the favorite, but many times she doesn't assume this status until the end, being eliminated in quarter or semi-final by France or Australia !
But given our current level, we should not bother you this time IMHO !
Yeah they do seem to flounder closer to the end but things might be different this time around, paying on home turf is going to place extra pressure on them and the majority of the crowds will be edging them on. In reality it is anybody's game


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Don't get me wrong but is this thread about the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup and the stadiums to be used or has the NZ Government paid for advertisements promiting places in NZ other than the stadiums? Just wondering considering this is supposed to be about stadiums and arenas.
It is about the stadiums to be used and it is also about the event. A one stop shop where those who are interested can find out more information about the entire event, the host cities, the stadiums, related infrastructure, media releases etc.

All the threads pertaining to big sporting events in this forum offer a mix of information. If you need to find out more about the stadiums you can browse through the thread or wait until more info is posted as it becomes available. For now I will do you a favour and guide you to information related to Eden Park for your viewing pleasure HERE, also HERE and HERE. All the aforementioned links can be found on page 6 of this thread. Happy perusing.

This thread is an encyclopedia of facts, figures, planned events and images all at your finger tips. Do enjoy
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$11.5m waka showpiece opens - RWC 2011 Fan Zone


Wellington's $11.5 million Wharewaka o Poneke is due to open this Sunday - however it will be without the waka it was built to house. However Sir Ngatata said the absence of the vessel will not overshadow the Wharewaka's opening. Two Bay of Plenty waka, Mataatua Toroa and Hinemoana, are standing in for Te Raukura. "We are opening the Wharewaka in the appropriate manner and it is not necessary for Te Raukura to be present" he said. Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown echoed those sentiments. "The important thing is that we are opening a significant new addition to Wellington's waterfront that reflects the city's commitment to mana whenua," she said.

"Although it would be lovely to have Te Raukura there it is not essential on the day and the celebrations will still go ahead, the Wharewaka will still function and of course it will be the centrepiece for our Rugby World Cup 2011 fan zone. "I fully support the actions of Sir Ngatata Love and Te Wharewaka O Poneke Trust, and the discussions with Te Runanganui o Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui Association will continue." Ms Wade-Brown said the council is committed to returning the waka to Wellington City. The Wharewaka will be opened this Sunday - Waitangi Day - with a dawn ceremony, followed by a day's events celebrating tikanga Maori.
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