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Old December 6th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #141
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You just inverted Pool B and Pool C
WHAT THE?!?! Stupid Wikipedia (or wherever I looked)...

Pool A - 1. New Zealand 2. France 3. Tonga 4. Canada 5. Japan

Pool B - 1. England 2. Argentina 3. Scotland 4. Georgia 5. Romania

Pool C - 1. Australia 2. Ireland 3. Italy 4. USA 5. Russia

Pool D - 1. South Africa 2. Samoa 3. Wales 4. Fiji 5. Namibia

Quarter-finals
Australia beat Samoa
England beat France
South Africa beat Ireland
New Zealand beat Argentina

Semi-finals

Australia beat England
New Zealand beat South Africa

Final

Australia beat New Zealand
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Old December 9th, 2010, 01:09 AM   #142
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WHAT THE?!?! Stupid Wikipedia (or wherever I looked)...

Pool A - 1. New Zealand 2. France 3. Tonga 4. Canada 5. Japan

Pool B - 1. England 2. Argentina 3. Scotland 4. Georgia 5. Romania

Pool C - 1. Australia 2. Ireland 3. Italy 4. USA 5. Russia

Pool D - 1. South Africa 2. Samoa 3. Wales 4. Fiji 5. Namibia

Quarter-finals
Australia beat Samoa
England beat France
South Africa beat Ireland
New Zealand beat Argentina

Semi-finals

Australia beat England
New Zealand beat South Africa

Final

Australia beat New Zealand
I think you should stick to rugby league, if you knew anything about union, you would know that in the last year, Scotland has beaten Australia, South Africa, Ireland and Argentina (TWICE away from home), drawn with England and only lost to Wales because they had two men sin binned in the last ten mins.

Now lets look at an equally probable scenario:

Pool A - 1. New Zealand 2. France 3. Tonga 4. Canada 5. Japan

Pool B - 1. Scotland 2. England 3. Argentina 4. Georgia 5. Romania

Pool C - 1. Australia 2. Ireland 3. Italy 4. USA 5. Russia

Pool D - 1. South Africa 2. Samoa 3. Wales 4. Fiji 5. Namibia

Quarter-finals
Australia beat Samoa
Scotland beat France
South Africa beat Ireland
New Zealand beat England

Semi-finals

Australia beat Scotland
New Zealand beat South Africa

Final

Australia beat New Zealand
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Semi-finals

Australia beat Scotland
New Zealand beat South Africa

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GATEWAY PLAZA

Renders have finally been released for the new GATEWAY PLAZA which forms the gateway to Auckland's new waterfront. The sheds have been demolished and work is in full swing.





Damn sexy...I love the way they used those containers. Next year's world Cup will certainly rock.

It would be nice for the Rugby federation to adopt the fan walk and fan parks.
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It would be nice for the Rugby federation to adopt the fan walk and fan parks.
I am not sure if the the rugby federation has adopted it but New Zealand definitely has ....

Fan Parks (renamed FESTIVAL SITES because they will not just be about rugby but will offer something for everybody) in Auckland:

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[QUEEN'S WHARF]

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[GATEWAY PLAZA]




Smaller scale versions of the Fan Zones in Auckland, called Festival Sites, will also be located in Papakura, Helensville, Warkworth, Kumeu, Henderson, Manukau and Whangaparoa.

There will be fan walks in Auckland up the city's main street (Queen Street), along K'Road (Auckland's bohemian quarter) and through Kingsland (a very trendy and arty suburb located at the stadium) .... This is the only render that I have of the fan walk through K'Road (construction hasn't started as yet) ..



Wellington and Christchurch are planning similar projects. Thanks for the comment Pule

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Old December 10th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #149
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Simply best: All Blacks!! Go New Zealand!!
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Final stage of Auckland airport's redevelopment before the RWC 2011



The final stage of a $50 million two-year redevelopment of the Auckland International Airport departure area was launched today with the unveiling of the centrepiece structure, 'Pou Manawa', by Auckland mayor Len Brown, Associate Minister for Transport Nathan Guy and actor Temuera Morrison. Pou Manawa, an impressive tree-like lighting structure, takes pride of place in the centre of a new retail space for the airport - which includes speciality shops available in the airport for the first time such as Mac cosmetics, Apple, Swatch watches and Adidas. Auckland Airport chief executive Simon Moutter said the redevelopment started in 2008 with an upgrade of the landside food court, including the installation of skylights to open up the area, and continued with the change of location of the customs processing area, the creation of an improved duty free and retail space, and then finally the Pou Manawa structure.

The signing off of the plan for the redevelopment was one of the first tasks Moutter undertook as chief executive. Morrison, whose cousin works at the airport, spoke of how this was not only Auckland's airport but also the gateway to much of New Zealand as 73 per cent of all international travellers to the country travel through the airport. Brown, who sung a waiata, joked that the structure reminded him of a Star Trek ship and that Morrison would feel at home under the stars. ''This is our gateway not of course just to Auckland, but to the rest of our nation. Auckland is a destination - no longer just a gateway - and the airport is going to be a doorway to that destination.'' Brown said the redevelopment was particularly important with Auckland taking centre stage during the Rugby World Cup next year. The structure is designed to be the centrepiece of the airport and an area where people can relax.

It is nine metres high, reaching up to the ceiling of the terminal, and with a fabric canopy which covers a surface area of 577 sq m. Traditional Maori designs by Kingi Gilbert are projected across the canvas to music by New Zealand artists Rewi Spraggon and Riki Bennett. The continuously rotating 360 degree images depict carvings, birds and sea life and are supposed to symbolise flight, voyaging and movement across vast expanses. The structure was designed by Ignite Architects in conjunction with artist Michael Knapp. Knapp said the project was the biggest he had worked on and the most unusual in that any material brought into the airport had to be taken through scanners.
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Well NZ peaked too early once again...
judging by australia's end of year tour, they played their world cup final in hong kong...
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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #152
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Airport pulls covers off $50m revamp



Auckland International Airport has unveiled a $50 million retail revamp after two years of work and is promising there will not be any signs of construction activity during next year's Rugby World Cup. "There'll not be a single orange cone or barricade during the World Cup," said airport chief executive Simon Moutter at the unveiling of the new duty-free area yesterday. Parts of the airport have resembled a construction zone during the past two years with extensive modifications and constant building around the international terminal. There would be some further shop fitout in the "airside" international duty-free and retail area for departing passengers and some more work on bars and food outlets in the public side of the terminal but this would be finished before the World Cup kicks off on September 9.

It was also expected the 263-room hotel in the carpark outside the international terminal would be open by July. The new airside retail area includes luxury outlets and has as its centrepiece an impressive tree-like structure that branches out to a fabric-covered frame likened by Auckland Mayor Len Brown to the Starship Enterprise. The structure, known as Pou Manawa, is lit up with images depicting flight and voyaging. The old 1980s-vintage retail area was dated and shops blocked the view towards the airfield. It is now more spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows. Speciality outlets available in the airport for the first time include Apple, Mac cosmetics, Swatch watches and adidas. JR Duty Free and DFS opened two revamped duty-free stores inMay.

Retail revenue makes up almost a third of total turnover but took a 9 per cent hit during the last financial year, falling from $105.3 million to $95.8 million. The airport blamed disruption caused by the building activity and a Commerce Commission requirement to reinstate two duty free operators following the exit of Regency Duty Free. The company has said some disruption is still to be expected during the current year but the impact would be more modest and benefits of completed works would lift spending. Auckland Airport's general manager of retail, Adrian Littlewood, said that with 13 million international passengers through the airport, it was busier than any of New Zealand's shopping malls.

An improved shopping environment would encourage travellers to linger longer and spend more. At present they dwell for between 40 minutes and 45 minutes on average. While New Zealanders and Australians accounted for most of the hundreds of millions of dollars in turnover through the airport shops, he said, the biggest spenders per person were Asian travellers.
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60 000 International visitors were expected but that figure has grown to 85 000.

In an announcement to mark the end of the year, Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd (RNZ 2011) chief executive Martin Snedden said key match ticket sales and revenue targets have been met in 2010 and that international visitors for the tournament are estimated to number at least 85,000. "This is a very good position to be in with 267 days to go until kickoff," Snedden said in a statement. "We still have a lot left to do, but event preparations, coupled with ticket sales to date and strong international visitorship projections, mean we are getting ourselves in good shape to host the tournament."

Since the sales programme was launched earlier this year, 864,000 tickets have been sold, nearly two-thirds of the overall target of 1.45 million sales across the 48 matches. About 662,000 of those have been sold through RNZ 2011's global public ticket phases. Ticket sales revenue totals $166 million. "We are on track to achieve the forecast total ticket sales revenue of $268 million. (That target) was always going to be a big leap into the unknown given that the biggest grossing event previously in New Zealand's history was the 2005 Lions tour during which the NZRU grossed NZD$24m from ticket sales.

"We've now achieved seven times that figure. In the end, we'll need to do 11 times that amount to hit budget." Snedden said the official travel and hospitality programme was "tracking strongly", with sales to date exceeding forecasts. Some of the offical agents had already sold out of semifinals and finals travel packages. A survey of ticket purchasers had helped RNZ 2011 estimate the number of visitors. Snedden said at least 55,000 international visitors would come courtesy of the public ticket programme while another 30,000 will have signed up to official packages.

"Attracting visitors is a key part of the benefits of staging a Rugby World Cup. It's terrific that 44 percent of these FIT (free and independent travellers) visitors will be coming to New Zealand for the first time. Furthermore, almost half of those surveyed have indicated an intention to arrive before the opening match on September 9 with the average length of FIT stay being 23 days. "Many intend travelling right around the country. While the bulk of visitors (36,500) expect at some stage to visit Auckland, at least 11,000 say they will also travel down the West Coast of the South Island and 18,000 to Otago and Southland. Regions up and down New Zealand will benefit."

Rugby World Cup Limited managing director Mike Miller, in New Zealand to check on progress at AMI Stadium in Christchurch and the new stadium being built in Dunedin, was confident tournament preparations are on track. "Stadium Christchurch will be an exceptional rugby World Cup venue and I have no doubt Otago Stadium will not only be ready on time, but will quickly establish itself as one of the finest sporting venues in the world with its innovative design and exceptional spectator experience," Miller said. "What I am seeing, having made several visits to New Zealand in the past year, is a country that is advanced in its preparations to host a fantastic Rugby World Cup. This Tournament is all about partnership and I am delighted to say that all stakeholders, including the New Zealand government, are geared towards hosting a tournament that New Zealanders and the global rugby family can be proud of."
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Dunedin Stadium ahead of schedule



On a side-note: Singer-songwriter Sir Elton John is the first major act booked for Dunedin's controversial new roofed stadium. The $200 million stadium is expected to open in August and will host Rugby World Cup games before the concert at the end of the year. It will be Elton John's first South Island visit for two decades. Promoter Phil Sprey said fans would be delighted to hear Sir Elton was coming back to the South Island for the first time in 20 years. Dunedin Venues chief executive David Davies was thrilled with the announcement. "This is a fantastic coup for the city."
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Work on waterfront tramway races ahead

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1944 Melbourne tram, MOTAT, Auckland, New Zealand, 5 April 2010 by PhillipC, on Flickr

It’s been 50 years since trams graced the streets of Auckland and this project will see electric trams running in a clockwise direction along Jellicoe St, Halsey St, Gaunt St and Daldy St by the time the World Rugby Cup 2011 rolls around next year. The tramway will be very similar in appearance to MOTAT’s in Western Springs and the heritage circuit in Christchurch.

Construction includes the laying of tracks and road renewal, as well as installing the over-head wires at approximately 6m in height. The aim is to tackle the hardest part of job during the quieter holiday period, to minimise disruption to businesses, residents and traffic. This involves laying the curved track at the corner of Gaunt and Daldy, and at the corner of Gaunt and Halsey. Traffic will be rerouted around the tram works, which will be carried out in sections.
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Great line-up revealed for World Cup 2011 Fanzone in Christchurch


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Early details about activity and entertainment for fans in the Fanzone are right now being prepared by the Christchurch City Council's events team and the line-up is looking great so far. For the duration of the Tournament, Cathedral Square will become Christchurch's RWC 2011 Fanzone. It will feature a mini rugby ground, big screens for viewing the games, stands for the fans and the 'World Ruck' dome venue. Activities and entertainment for residents and visitors will be provided throughout the Tournament.

The preliminary plan for Fanzone entertainment includes: * Performances by the New Zealand Army Band * Lunchtime and evening concerts on Fridays * Sunday afternoon music performances * Rippa Rugby on the specially grown grass turf * Opportunities for community and cultural groups to perform * Ballroom dancing demonstrations "The Complete History of World Rugby Abridged" theatre performances * Cultural performances * Interactive games for children on the turf * An International Lecture Series with the players, officials and referees from the last few decades of rugby in the World Ruck venue. * And the Rugby Nostalgia Lounges showing seven decades of Rugby in seven themed lounges based on different decades over the past 100 years.

Full details, including daily activity timetables, will be posted on Christchurch's RWC 2011 website (www.christchurchnz2011.com) ahead of the Tournament Christchurch City Council Marketing Manager Richard Stokes says there will be something for everyone in the Cathedral Square Fanzone "As well as broadcasting all the matches live on the big screen, the Fanzone will also provide entertainment and activities for residents and visitors of all ages. We want to make sure that Christchurch makes the most of RWC 2011 and the Fanzone will be the city's hub for off-field activity - and it's not just about Rugby. Music, theatre, kids' activities and cultural performances are included in our plans

"Christchurch and Canterbury are world-renowned for their warm hospitality and friendly sporting rivalry, creating a convivial festive atmosphere in which tourists, visitors and locals can relax and enjoy some of the world's best rugby.
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Le Mondial de Nouvelle-Zélande ne commencera que dans un peu plus de neuf mois, mais il est déjà un succès commercial sans précédent dans le pays. Les organisateurs avancent le chiffre de 864 000 billets ayant déjà trouvé preneurs. Et selon Martin Snedden, le président du comité d'organisation, l'objectif de 1,45 millions de ticket est en bonne voie. Au total, les ventes de la billetterie devraient générer 268 millions de dollars de bénéfice. Des recettes qui dépassent celles de tous les évènements, sportifs ou non, organisés au pays du long nuage blanc. 85 000 spectateurs étrangers sont attendus en Nouvelle-Zélande à l'occasion de la Coupe du monde de rugby.
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The World of New Zealand will begin in just over nine months, but it is already a commercial success without precedent in the country. The organizers put the figure of 864 000 tickets have already been sold. And according to Martin Snedden, the chair of the organizing committee, the goal of 1.45 million ticket is on track. In total, sales of the ticket should generate $ 268 million profit. Revenues that exceed those of all events, sporting or not, organized land of the long white cloud. 85 000 foreign spectators are expected in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 12:49 PM   #158
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Looks as though NZ is set to host an excellent RWC. Great to see a nation of merit who is deserving hosting this major sporting event. Take note Fifa scum. Dont see Aus beating the All Blacks in the final either!
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Looks as though NZ is set to host an excellent RWC. Great to see a nation of merit who is deserving hosting this major sporting event. Take note Fifa scum. Dont see Aus beating the All Blacks in the final either!
FIFA are scum but the IRB have already lined up England and Japan for big tickets sales and revenues in 2015 and 2019 to balance out the NZ WC.

Its unlikely a WC on NZ's scale will take place in the future and I don't think there was ever a question around whether NZ could host a decent WC.

On paper NZ was not deserving of the WC, that would be the country which provided the best technical requirements, which I suspect was either Japan or South Africa (post WC).

That said NZ like Australia has always punched above its weight, and would definitely be in line for Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics and other events if local politicians were willing to take the risk.

For some reason, the conservative views are of the belief that NZ is not big enough or wealthy enough to take on the risks of other events, but I think that's hogwash.
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