New Zealand Wins Bid To Host 2011 Rugby World Cup
By Selwyn Manning - Scoop co-editor
New Zealand has successfully won the bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand's chance came when South Africa, tipped to be a strong second runner to Japan, was voted out in the first round.
New Zealand came from behind as the outside
chance, but managed to sway International Rugby Board heads
with a heavyweight lobby team including: Prime Minister
Helen Clark, All Black great Colin (Pine Tree) Meads, All
Black captain Tana Umaga.
The announcement was made in Dublin at 5.40am NZT.
New Zealand Schmoozes IRB, Wins 2011 Rugby World Cup Bid