September 23, 2019

Christchurch loses all Rugby World Cup Games

Hard luck Christchurch - hopefully the William Webb-Ellis trophy will still be hoisted up by Canterbury's Richie McCaw come October.

Christchurch, New Zealand has been stripped of all seven of its scheduled Rugby World Cup games following the devastating earthquake last month that has severely damaged the city.

Christchurch’s AMI Stadium, which has been badly damamged, was due to host pool games involving England, Argentina, Italy, Russia, Georgia and Australia plus two quarter-final matches.

The Rugby World Cup tournament is to run from September to October 2011 at venues throughout New Zealand, culminating in the Final at Een Park in Auckland.

Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully announced that the games will have to be moved to other cities. Auckland will now host the two quarter-finals with the venues for the five pool games yet to be announced.

The Canterbury Crusaders, who play in the Southern Hemisphere Super Rugby competition use AMI Stadium as their main home venue.

Matches scheduled for Christchurch were:

Saturday September 10 – Argentina v England
Sunday September 11 – Australia v Italy
Sunday September 18 – England v Georgia
Sunday September 25 – Argentina v Scotland
Sunday October 1 – Australia v Russia

Saturday October 8 – Quarterfinal 2
Sunday October 9 – Quarterfinal 4

International Rugby Board (IRB) representatives met in Christchurch today with New Zealand Rugby Union officials and government ministers.

This is a serious blow for the morale of the people of Christchurch but there was little option given the damage inflicted on basic infrastructure in the City.

At least the Cantabs can look on the bright side and draw comfort from he fact New Zealand is a nuclear free country and we are talking about damage to a sports stadium and not a nuclear reactor.