New Zealand is poised to hold an excellent Rugby World Cup (RWC) with Tournament preparations well on track and a wonderful celebration planned for teams and fans, International Rugby Board Vice Chairman Bill Beaumont declared today.
Beaumont today joined New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key in celebrating the milestone at a special ceremony at New Zealand’s Parliament in the capital Wellington.
The event included a symbolic rolling out of a giant welcome mat on Parliament’s front steps featuring greetings in the language of each of the 20 participating nations.
“Kiwis are renowned for their hospitality and the giant welcome mat summed up to me the warmth of the welcome New Zealanders up and down the land will be extending to teams and more than 85,000 fans in 100 days’ time,” said Beaumont.
“And it will be extra special for fans as for the first time at a RWC there will be a nationwide festival happening across the country. The REAL New Zealand Festival is shaping up to provide fans with a really special taste of what this country has to offer in Rugby, entertainment, art, culture and food and wine.”
The Rugby world Cup 2011 is much more than just the Rugby, for the six weeks of Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand is staging the biggest nationwide Festival the country has ever seen to encourage visitors and New Zealanders alike to 'follow the rugby the long way round'.
In September and October 2011, the REAL New Zealand Festival will take place across the length and breadth of the country. The Festival will include hundreds of events and authentic Kiwi experiences for visitors that celebrate our arts, food and wine, heritage, culture, entertainment, industries and business, experiences, sport and lifestyle.
This will help make people understand why this Tournament is so much bigger than 48 Rugby matches, and will top Rugby fans trip by helping them experience the best of New Zealands on top of the festivity and matches of the World Cup.
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