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IRB, RWC 2011 Assure All Tournament Will Be Ready

Wednesday Sep 9, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Other International News

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With two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off in New Zealand, the IRB reports that confidence is high that the world’s showpiece Rugby tournament will be a success.

Aside from running the tournament, the Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited organizing body and tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited are working hard to deliver a Rugby World Cup that will offer a winning blend of international class facilities for teams and travelling supporters, while retaining a uniquely New Zealand feel.

“The two years to go countdown is a significant operational landmark for what is one of the five largest sporting events in the world. The global Rugby community awaits a tournament that will provide the seventh chapter of the RWC story in a country that is totally immersed in Rugby’s tradition and culture. It will be an event not to be missed,” said Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

Kit McConnell, the Rugby World Cup Tournament Director and the International Rugby Board's senior executive based full-time in New Zealand in the buildup to the 2011 tournament, believes that a strong partnership with the Rugby New Zealand 2011 organizing body and the New Zealand Government has been pivotal to the progress to date.

“RWCL is extremely confident that, as we reach this landmark, planning and preparation is on track and is ahead of previous Rugby World Cups. As we reach the halfway point between tournaments, a clearly evident level of excitement and interest is building in New Zealand thanks to the excellent working relationship between RWCL and RNZ 2011 and the wonderful support of the New Zealand Government and ultimately the New Zealand public,” said McConnell.

The IRB released its statement, and also a 64-page book (which you can see here) titled 02 Years to Go to assure the world that everything is moving ahead successfully. No one doubts that the New Zealand fans will be excited about the 2011 World Cup, but serious questions have been asked about the standard of New Zealand’s stadiums.

“We’ve been working very closely with Tournament owners Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL), Host Regions across New Zealand as well as our Shareholders the New Zealand Rugby Union and the New Zealand Government, and are confident that the groundwork is in place for an outstanding Tournament,” RNZ 2011 Ltd CEO Martin Snedden said.


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