Spec­tac­u­lar kick off for world cup

Central Leader - - News -

Auck­land is pitch­ing to hold a spec­tac­u­lar event to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

The re­gion has en­tered a bid for the open­ing match and open­ing cer­e­mony of the tour­na­ment.

Bid spokesman Michael Bar­nett says if suc­cess­ful, Auck­land will be the fo­cus of a global broad­cast event.

“The eyes of the world will be on the open­ing match and open­ing cer­e­mony, so the op­por­tu­nity to show­case Auck­land and New Zealand through th­ese events is stun­ning.”

Auck­land is al­ready con­firmed as host of the fi­nal, semi-fi­nals and bronze play­off.

Pool matches and host­ing of teams dur­ing the tour­na­ment is yet to be de­cided.

With a third of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, Mr Bar­nett says the re­gion is aim­ing for a sim­i­lar share of the 40 pool matches on of­fer.

Auck­land’s pro­posal was de­vel­oped by the re­gion’s coun­cils and rugby unions, tourism and trans­port au­thor­i­ties.

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