Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


NZ, Australia to co-host 2017 World Cup

February 19, 2014 

NZ, Australia to co-host 2017 World Cup

Rugby league’s wave of popularity gathers more momentum this week with the decision to award the 2017 World Cup to New Zealand and Australia as co-hosts.

“After last weekend’s successful Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park, this announcement is more great news for the game’s fans on both sides of the Tasman,” says NZ Rugby League chief executive Phil Holden.

“I think the Nines really captured everyone’s imagination and now the Kiwi sporting public has another really big rugby league event to look forward to.”

The New Zealand and Australian national bodies submitted their joint bid at last year’s World Cup in England, and have beaten out the challenge of league dark horse South Africa.

The hosting proposal included games in Papua New Guinea, with the possibility of further fixtures staged in other Pacific Islands.

“We made some big gains in developing rugby league at international level last year, with several new countries emerging during the World Cup,” says Holden.

“In putting this bid together, our overriding aim was to continue to grow ‘the greatest game of all’ around the globe and, importantly, secure a pinnacle event on the NZ calendar to capitalise on the game’s current growth and momentum.

“To that end, we’ve promised to deliver the most profitable World Cup in the history of the event and the most watched by TV audiences.

“Between us, New Zealand and Australia have proved we’re capable of staging major sporting events. Rugby league is Papua New Guinea’s national sport, so we’re very confident of producing something special for the next tournament.”

A Special Purpose Vehicle will be formed to run the World Cup, but Holden is keen for New Zealand to host at least a semifinal and perhaps even the tournament final.

“This World Cup will present an exciting vehicle for partners to work with the organisations staging the event,” says Holden.

“The commercial opportunities are vast and a rare opportunity for sponsors to showcase their brands to an international audience.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament

Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news