The Rugby World Cup is one of the largest international sporting competitions in the world. This tournament is the premier international rugby union competition. The event is organized by the sport’s governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB), and is contested by the men’s national teams. The inaugural tournament was held in 1987, hosted by both Australia and New Zealand, and is contested every four years.
This year the 7th Rugby World Cup comes to New Zealand in September much to the delight of rugby-loving New Zealanders the world over. The tournament will be contested by teams from 20 countries split into 4 pools of 5 teams each. The tournament kicks off on Friday 9 September at Eden Park in Auckland with the host nation taking on Tonga and finishes at the same venue on Sunday 23 October. New Zealand will celebrate its role as host of the Rugby World Cup 2011 by staging a nationwide festival showcasing the real New Zealand to the world.
Tourists coming to New Zealand following the rugby will have a chance to experience the length and breadth of the country, as pool matches will be played in 13 different venues across New Zealand.
Car hire is already in high demand so make sure you book your car hire early.
Guy Robinson, Travel Sales Manager for Avis/Budget in NZ says “Book now so that your car can be secured!”