'Exceptional' RWC hailed

2011-10-24 07:01

Auckland - International Rugby Board (IRB) chairman Bernard Lapasset on Monday praised an "exceptional" Rugby World Cup after hosts New Zealand delighted their rugby-mad public with a gripping final win.

Lapasset said the tournament's seventh edition had achieved all its targets, calling it a "sporting and operational success" which had "set the bar" for future World Cup hosts, starting with England in four years' time.

New Zealand beat France 8-7 in Sunday's tense final to win their first World Cup in 24 years and finally make good on years of pre-eminence based on the country's deep-seated rugby culture.

"New Zealand 2011 will be remembered as an exceptional Rugby World Cup. It has been a tournament where New Zealand's rich culture and heritage has gone hand in hand with rugby's tradition and values," Lapasset said Monday.

"New Zealanders should be proud of their event," the Frenchman added.

"They made it special by embracing the tournament the length and breadth of the country, welcoming all 20 teams and 100 000 international visitors with open arms. It was quite remarkable.

"New Zealand 2011 has positioned the country as a major event host, a superb tourism destination and a great country. It has also taken our sport to new audiences and has set the bar for future hosts."

Organisers are slated to make a $NZ40 million (US$32 million) loss on staging this World Cup in New Zealand, according to official figures.

But tournament sponsor MasterCard estimated the shortfall would be dwarfed by the NZ$750 million ($654 million benefit) to the overall economy from increased tourism and consumer spending, with over NZ$2 billion long-term benefits.

"The significant economic benefits demonstrate the true value of Rugby World Cup to a host nation, its government, tourism and business sectors," Lapasset said.

World Cup income accounts for 95 percent of the IRB's revenues, according to a statement issued by the global governing body on Monday.

The IRB added revenue from the commercial programme at this World Cup, including broadcast, sponsorship and travel and hospitality would deliver an estimated 80 million ($128 million) net surplus boost to rugby worldwide.

In the 2009-2012 investment cycle, the IRB said it would invest 150 million to develop rugby around the world in order that "future Rugby World Cups are more competitive and that more men, women and children can play the game".


  • Michael - 2011-10-24 07:15

    Come on, lets be honest, this was the most boring/controversial world cup, if it wasnt for an epic final, this world cup would be a massive disappointment!!!

      Rene - 2011-10-24 07:51

      @Michael, fully agree with you!! He could hardly say: "We want to thank NZ for the worse, most corrupt WC ever", they could have saved all the participating countries a lot of money by just giving the CUP to the AB at the beginning, but I suppose all in the name of making money!! RWC2011 biggest farce ever!!!

      Maarten - 2011-10-24 08:11

      The only thing memorable about this tournament was the bad refereeing decisions! Including Craig Joubert in the Final! The French have every reason to feel agrieved. Once again the AB's get away with murder!

      1nawty0 - 2011-10-24 08:23

      I agree..... IRB should take part of the profits and invest it on: 1) Educating NEUTRAL referees...!!! 2) Putting a system in place, whereby the referees can cited...!!

      Michael - 2011-10-24 08:25

      @Rene, yes i agree, he couldn't say that, its just so frustrating to wait 4 years and have the tournament turn out to be a complete flop. Also agreed that NZ get away with alot more than the other rugby powerhouses!!!

      Rene - 2011-10-24 09:03

      @Kevin, if that is all you can do, then do so!!! At least as a "Saffa" or "Jaapie" I can hold my head high and know the times that the Bokke won the RWC it was because the deserved it, unlike the AB's who had to get to the finals at all possible and by any means. Shame on you and your fellow country men, they brought the game called rugby into serious disrepute, and if you read what other countries are saying, they totally agree with us. But you go ahead and rub all you want, because that is all you have left, no pride, no glory!! Sorry for you!!!!!

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 10:23

      @Rene......make love not war............still smiling?

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 11:53

      @Rene, pardon if I may.......during '95 the AB's were harassed via car alarms and horns, you really need to acknowledge how South Africans are worldly re known as 'dirty' bad sports Oh, by the way Rene, it wasn't us (NZ) that spoke of SA's underhand tactics ie food poisoning, it was actually your's and truly ie Rory Steyn..........perhaps you'd prefer a cushion as you are surely going to drop and no world ranking will save the way, love your smile, is that botox or your impression of the joker? Still smilling? Just thought I'd give you a dose of reality none the less

  • Bob - 2011-10-24 07:23

    a truly fantastic world cup .......regarded around the rugby world as a huge success with the best team winning.GO THE ALL BLACKS, 2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS !!!

      Dan - 2011-10-24 09:03

      Great hosts and NZ did all they could to host a successful RWC. Not the best RWC however by a long way and by no means exceptional in any way. The rugby was of a very very low standard to be honest, and poor officiating. All Blacks lucky not to choke, but I agree - the All Blacks are the best team in the world currently.

      Nicholas - 2011-10-24 10:18

      @BobYou must be reading Noddy and Big Ears!

  • sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 07:27

    After last nights epic performance, rest assured 9 months time there will be more AB potentials, inconceivable? I think not........ONE LOVE

      Alan - 2011-10-24 08:23

      What does this commment all mean in English?l

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 08:36

      @Allan, surely you'd know..........anyway, let me oblidge as a Maori educate you the finesse of the English language........commment doesn't exist, hmmmmmmmmmmm, maybe you need to refine your "comments" a little or is that in Afrikaans? Kia ora Alan the righteous "ref"

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 08:45

      Actually Alan, I'll put it this way, because the mighty AB's won......imagine the happy folk wanting a bit of fun......join the dots, inCONCEIVE surely should have a resemblance of 9 months. Are you that stupid? surely not........pity those that can read but those that can't read between the lines. Thanks Big AL

      Alan - 2011-10-24 08:49

      Gosh Sam - I hope one day you will be able to forgive me submitting a comment with a 'finger' typo. Er - and while we are on at it - my name is Alan, not Allan. Kia ora. And 'Oblige' is presumably what your 'odblige' meant. Ever heard the term "Hoist in your own petard?" :) FYI - in spite of obviously having a better command of the English language that your 'Maori self' has, I still have now idea what your original comment is all about. LOL @ you!

      Alan - 2011-10-24 08:55

      Anybody here know what Inconceive means? Not in my Oxford. Joining the dots ... I think Sam is an expat, and closely related to Julius.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 08:58

      @Alan.......Touche, how's your day so far.....morning I presume, waking up must be a drag

      Alan - 2011-10-24 09:03

      Well .. If I could just have a "drag' of that mountainweed, I might understand just a little of what you are on about. LOL

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 09:10

      @Big AL, birds and bees, apple and's a Bokke of chocolates, we always know what we are going to get. ONE dimensional and crying. Seriously bro, do you know what conception is, you'd have to agree......aren't South African websites awesome......many thanks AL

      Felix - 2011-10-24 09:16

      That awkward moment when you realize you're in a heated debate with a 10 year old...

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-24 09:17

      Seems Sam(oan) is really outdoing himself today, well do yourself a favor & go see what others are saying about your team....this is what Humble kiwi of christchurch said on Fox Sport - "I am a kiwi ,i accept the game did not go to plan. we should have lost and YES MC CAW CHEATED his way around. ALSO ACCEPT NO ONE ELSE would have got away with what MC CAW got away with. REFS are afraid to penalise him. REF SEEMED very biased but who cares we won and the cup has NZ as 2011 RWC WINNERS written on it" ...Sam(oan), you could learn a thing or 2 from Humble Kiwi

      Alan - 2011-10-24 09:19

      Haha - sure I know what 'conception is Sam - it's the mistake your parents made' No idea what Inconception is though.So glad you have the time and motivation to spend onSA websites, when your own sites are obviously far more interesting and intelligent. It's great to have the likes of you here - it certainly perks my day up having fun at your expense. :)

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-24 09:23

      @ sam(oan), Redsman of Qnsld. says - "Humble Kiwi - you're spot on. Kiwis only won because Richie & rest of ABs got away with multiple indiscretions at breakdown and consistently offside - Joubert didnt give France any penalties within kicking distance and called a scrum french ball when blatant infringement. ABs cant be denied consistently competitive rugby team - but re RWC only win @ home with help of ref - I'd call them the World Champs of rigging RWCs to win at all costs. Good show France - really wished you'd had won which would have been sweet justice.... Joubert YOU ARE A DISGRACE as bad as BRYCE"

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 09:28

      @Prod.......what's happening bro? Can I please be your wing man.........LOL, by the means laughing out loud Can't wait till the new rankings are submitted......what do ya reckon boys? @Prod, google Té Kooti, now google Whakatane.........enjoy your search, proud as punch

      Bob - 2011-10-24 09:37

      yep.......have to agree,these jaapi websites are great. who needs the comedy channel hehehe

      Alan - 2011-10-24 09:48

      Yeah whatever Sam. Shagging sheep has something to do with rugby?

  • Barry - 2011-10-24 07:51

    A good tournament. I think the IRB should come clean publicly on the officiating issue which we all know is widely debated with different opinions around the world. It not only stop the excuses for some matches. It will also make for a better world cup in 2015.

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-24 07:55

    yup, exceptional for all the wrong reasons..well done IRB you got what you wanted, even though you had to manipulate the outcome.

      sam.kaitawa - 2011-10-24 08:19

      Thanx prod........and once again I qoute "well done IRB you got what you wanted", just wondering bro....did YOU get what you wanted?

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-24 07:57

    The All Blacks won but they were definitely not better than France, especially in the second half! Overall I think the tournament was good but not exceptional!!!

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  • Andre - 2011-10-24 08:08

    Unfortunately the truth is, it was a major let down to rugby fans. From the group matches right to the final. The referees were the hero's, dedicing the winniners before the games started. Poor decisions at critical times confirms suspicions that matches were pre-determined. The SA-Aus match was a disaster like never seen at this level. It was planned that SA be elimoinated to ensure NZ has a better chance of winning their home tournament this year. Face it, the difference between them and a poor French team were the ref once again. I support what Tim Noakes said last week, if there were no cheating in the SA-Aus game, the IRB should proof it!

  • Phil - 2011-10-24 08:23

    All round it was a good tournament. Fantastic to see the development of some of the junior unions ...some great rugby played. Good to see the young Welsh team performing. Sad to see the inconsitencies of refereeing. The IRB needs to make some changes there. All round the winner was predictable and apart from Ireland not reading the script against Australia and Tonga against France there were no other notable upsets that come to mind. Well done NZ for a good tournament.

      Alan - 2011-10-24 08:36

      I think the tournament was just ok. As always - I think the IRB needs to review the format of the WC to make it more fair. (I said this before, even when the Boks won the WC). The poor reffing was AGAIN a big problem in the tournament, and again I feel that the IRB needs to address this seriously. But as far as the Final went - I thought that it was superb rugby, well officiated, and that 'Rugby' was the big winner. On the day, the French probably deserved to win, but the AB's had superb discipline which saw them home. I think that on the display yesterday, both teams played superb 'final' rugby, and it was exciting because the result could have gone either way. ... but nah - I disagree with the IRB - it was not an exceptional tournament. The sound just like 'ol Sepp after the SWC - it's what they like to say to blow their own trumpets, but fact is - the IRB needs a big shake-up.

  • chiepner - 2011-10-24 08:42

    Look hats of to New Zealand. The entire country hosted this World Cup with great vigour and did themselves proud. I personally think that this world cup has delivered on that aspect and New Zealanders can be proud for doing such a great job. That said - I do think that there was alot of short commings in this tournament which is no direct fault of New Zealnd. The standard of refereeing actually went from bad to worse since the previous World Cup and the fairness of the entire tournament has been questioned more than one time. I think the IRB needs to sit up and take notice because their lack or rather say their arrogance in certain aspects of the game has been aplified ten folds for all to see. Rugby should be a global game, but it seems the IRB has turned into a organisation like FIFA whom tends to forget the fans, players and game and rather see how much profit they can make out of the game. There is alot of work to be done regarding the leveling of the playing fields and I think they should start by actually doing away with various "iterpretations" of the law and get one set of rules which refs have to blow to. No excuses. If officials dont deliver or perform they must either improve or be replaced and the IRB should realise that rugby does not belong to them but to the fans and players. They are merely custodians of the game and should not try and patend every darn thing in the name of making money. We can not afford another world cup with so many controversy

      Alan - 2011-10-24 09:00

      I agree - it seems like NZ as hosts were excellent. IRB is where the problems lie. (For the likes of SAM - this is not a comment about the fact that NZ won the WC, it's actually about improving the structures, admin and officiating of the game).

  • Lee - 2011-10-24 08:43

    Well done to the winning team but I have to say that France was brilliant and must admit I was hoping they would win due to the fantastic game they were playing. Well done France, I was spellbound watching you put up such a good performance.

  • Philip - 2011-10-24 08:46

    I have seen nothing exceptional! The number one team in the world won the world cup, as expected. Halfway through the tournament the AB's threatened to never compete in a world cup again, because they are not making enough money. Suddenly a NZ ref threw the game in Aus's favour. Suddenly the ticket sales went up. If you don't believe me go and check for yourselves. A rigged world cup if I have ever seen one. This takes nothing away from the AB's they deserve it, but the Boks deserved a place in that semi.

      Theo - 2011-10-24 10:16

      Philip maybe you missed it but the nzru's threat was closely followed by the aru and then the saru's threat after saru & aru came to the same conclusion they are not making enough money. The irb are not in control of ticket sales.We the public are based on the attraction we seek.Once The quarter finalists became known and thereafter the semi finalists obviously more became interested and ticket sales increased. The nz ref gave both aus /boks equal opportunity during the match. the boks missed their 3 opportunites which enabled the aus to get ahead on the scoreboard. Rigged rwc, I dont think so. Exceptional! RWC yes for a country of 4.3 million people & almost 80% rural landscape. Cape town alone has about 4 million + people in it if you want to compare population size.

  • Brandon - 2011-10-24 08:53

    I believe this was the worst RWC ever and are sadden to say that as long as the IRB think that they are bigger then the game it (the RWC) is going to get worst before it will get better. Paddy and his buddies think that they are doing the world a favour by bringing the RWC to the nations. It is all about them. They did not or could not make it on the "big stage" so now it is ok to steal the lime light.

  • cilla.webster1 - 2011-10-24 08:55

    Absolutely stunning RWC. Well done all around New Zealand.

  • Dan - 2011-10-24 08:57

    Have to agree, NZ hosted an excellent event. Just a pity that a world cup event had to take place in a country with sub-standard stadiums. Most stadiums are very small, but I do understand that given their population they can't really build or use bigger stadiums. For a country recovering from recent natural disasters, they were excellent hosts. With reference to the rugby, it was unfortunately the worst RWC of all times - poor officials, terrible grouping of team for knock out rounds and the most boring rugby I've ever seen at a RWC.

  • Martin - 2011-10-24 09:53

    Worst Rugby World ever mainly spoiled by Paddi's 3 blind mice. (Joubert, Lawrence, Rolland)

  • Michael - 2011-10-24 11:35

    Quite boring in my opinion. The scary factor is that 3 of the last 4 teams had been beaten during the pool stages, the only exception being ABs. So no obvious class side ever got to compete against the ABs. A fairytale finish written for the ABs and an indictment of the rigging of a world competition to keep the bleating of the New Zealand flock to a minimum. Quite frankly their wingeing on past failures and blame gaming has long since stopped me respecting them as competitors of valour and honest endevour. Welcome to yet another "home' your house your rules prevailed, but I would never be proud of the way rules and standards were flouted in your home, in my own 'house". I hope the next hosting country can offer higher integrity towards what should be an "World Cup Standard" event.

      Dennis - 2011-10-24 19:45

      hey michael france were in our pool... you are saying france arnt a class side... they made the final and narrowly lost... there was one kick in it... we were lucky our 4th string no 10 came on as a replacement because he had his shoelaces tied.. lt could have gone either way.. so close.. congrats the blacks but viva la france

  • Barry - 2011-10-24 20:19

    Does not matter who you are supporting. The best team lost. The stats don't lie. Congrats to "Choke" New Zealand "Choke"

      Bob - 2011-10-24 22:08

      LOL .......allblacks winners..........the proteas =chokers

      tim.hickson1 - 2011-10-25 08:14

      Neither does a score board

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