Christchurch

  • Welsh Fail To Overturn Points Deduction

    ... at least 10 years after being found guilty of “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game”. He was accused of giving “false and misleading information to the RFU (Rugby Football Union)” by saying that Tyson Keats was born in Christchurch in England rather than New Zealand and had emigrated when he was two-years-old. He is said to have done so on an RFU Player Registration Form, over the phone and even in the form of a forged UK passport and reportedly admitted the off...

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  • Tough sell for World Cup although the Welsh remain undaunted

    ... in those wanting to travel from Wales. I would say that around 60% of our bookings for New Zealand have been from Welsh supporters, far greater than we saw in France 2007 or even Australia 2003."However, the re-scheduling of England games due to the Christchurch earthquake has, according to one leading travel agent, left Dunedin unable to cope with demand. The city, which is approximately the size of Gloucester, has produced logistical challenges for the tour operators.  As many doubters predi...

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  • NZ Economy Counts The Spoils Of Hosting The Lions

    After recovering from the rugby, New Zealand media have been reporting on the estimated economic benefits of the Lions tour especially to cities hosting games: Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. An estimated 25,000 in-bound tourists descended on New Zealand for the tour with considerable domestic visitors too with Auckland estimating an influx of 14,000 non-local Kiwis for both Eden Park tests. A total spend of $120m (£68.4m or €76.8m) was expected to be attributed to the Lions...

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  • Mixed Returns For RLWC 2017 As NZ & PNG Host Sell-Outs And TV Figures Impress

    ... to be played in New Zealand since 2014 and supporters have responded by turning out in good numbers for the games so far," Hill said. "Fans in New Zealand will have further opportunities to see the world's best, with quarter-finals in Wellington and Christchurch next weekend and a semi-final in Auckland the following week." Hill said the third consecutive sell-out crowd at Oil Search National Football Stadium vindicated the decision to award Papua New Guinea hosting rights for the Kumuls' pool...

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  • How to Run a World Cup

    ... only.  The event lost about $32 million (approx £16m), almost exactly what NZRU chief financial officer Therese Walsh predicted it would when the union bid for the rights in 2005. Mr Snedden says considering everything that happened since 2005 – the Christchurch earthquakes and a global economic recession no one saw coming – the final result demonstrates just how good an accountant Ms Walsh is, and how vital that was to the financial success of the tournament. But while Rugby New Zealand...

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