NZ outsource RWC ceremonies

2011-02-11 10:22

Wellington - Organisers of this year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand have been criticised forgiving an Australian company the contract to stage the tournament's opening and closing ceremonies.

The World Cup has been billed as a potential revenue earner for New Zealand businesses and a boost to its struggling economy. But Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited has confirmed the opening and closing ceremonies will be staged by Australia's David Atkins Enterprises.

New Zealand lawmakers were immediately critical of the decision to award the contract to Atkins, who produced the opening, closing and victory ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as well as the Sydney 2000 Olympics.


  • therealdeal - 2011-02-11 11:02

    Typical, they will give the trophy away as well, just like 2007.

      brokennews - 2011-02-11 11:56

      Nah the Boks will TAKE IT. Just like the aussies always take the piss out of the kiwis

      suttercane - 2011-02-12 10:11

      and the world takes the piss out of saffas

  • quack - 2011-02-11 11:20

    so is new zealand not good enough then ? sad, this was a chance to show what yr country can do !

  • Umfubi - 2011-02-23 21:55

    These opening ceremonies at sporting events that seem to be obligatory nowadays are just absurd - it is all a competition to outshine everyone else. They should just cut a ribbon before the first match, and say 'we now declare this world cup open', and be done with it. Oh yes, and spend the millions on something worthwhile.

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