Three of the five Rugby World Cup pool matches
that were to have been held in Christchurch,
but have had to be moved because of the February earthquake,
will remain in the South Island.
Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill
will each host an additional match, with the remaining two to be
held in Wellington and North Harbour on Aucklandís North Shore.
The two quarter-finals, due to be played in
Christchurch on 8 and 9 October, will be played at Eden Park in
The rescheduled matches mean Argentina will play
England in Dunedin on 10 September, Australia plays Italy at North
Harbour, Auckland on 11 September, England faces Georgia in
Dunedin on 18 September, Argentina plays Scotland in Wellington on
25 September, and Australia plays Russia at Nelson on 1 October.
As part of the rescheduling, one
non-Christchurch match, Scotland against Georgia, will be moved
from Dunedin to Invercargill on 14 September, for operational
"Following the difficult decision to transfer
the Christchurch matches, all involved have worked hard to confirm
the new venues as quickly as possible. We are pleased that three
of the five matches will remain in the South Island," said Rugby World Cup Ltd
Chairman, Bernard Lapasset.
Organisers have said that ticket purchasers for
all Christchurch matches and Scotland's game against Georgia
will receive a refund and the opportunity to secure replacement
tickets to the rescheduled matches during a priority purchase
Rescheduling games has also meant a number of
changes to team bases.
Queenstown will now host Georgia as well as
Ireland, Romania and England, while Hanmer Springs in north
Canterbury becomes a new team base and will host Australia over
Nelsonís Mayor Aldo Miccio said hosting another
RWC 2011 game will be a real boon to the South Islandís expected
tourist movements and also give Cantabrians a chance to still take
part in the tournament.
Nelson will also host a fourth team - Australia
- who will stay and train in the region four nights from 28 September to
The match will be Russiaís second in the region.
The team is already scheduled to play Italy at Trafalgar Park on
20 September. Their stay will be extended to also include 28
September to 1 October for a total of six nights.
RWC 2011 Rescheduled
ē10 Sept Pool B Argentina v England - Otago
Stadium, Dunedin (20.30)
ē11 Sept Pool C Australia v Italy -
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (15.30)
ē18 Sept Pool B England
v Georgia - Otago Stadium, Dunedin (18.00 )
ē25 Sept Pool B
Argentina v Scotland - Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
ē1 Oct Pool C Australia v Russia - Trafalgar Park,
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