City se­cures bronze play­off

Central Leader - - News -

Auck­land has lost a bid to host two quar­ter-fi­nals at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but will host the bronze fi­nal at Eden Park.

Christchurch and Welling­ton were an­nounced on Thurs­day as hosts for the four quar­ter-fi­nal matches.

Eden Park is al­ready con­firmed as the venue for the semi­fi­nals and fi­nal.

Re­gional spokesman Michael Bar­nett says host­ing the bronze, or third and fourth play­off, means Auck­land se­cures the busi­ness end of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We will have two block­buster week­ends of rugby where the eyes of the world will be on Auck­land. We need to give vis­i­tors some­thing to re­mem­ber.”

Rugby World Cup Min­is­ter Clay­ton Cos­grove wel­comed the de­ci­sion to host the quar­ter-fi­nal matches out­side of Auck­land.

“Host­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals in Welling­ton and Christchurch will pro­vide a huge boost to those re­gions and help en­sure that the ben­e­fits to be gained from the Rugby World Cup will be shared around the coun­try.”

The lo­ca­tion for pool matches is yet to be an­nounced.

Sub­mis­sions to host pool games and team bases are due by the end of Oc­to­ber.

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