The clocks are ticking and the final countdown has begun -
there's just one year to go until New Zealand stages its biggest
event ever, the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Celebrations to mark the 9 September 2010 anniversary - exactly
one year until the huge rugby tournament, kicked off at Eden Park
in Auckland on Thursday.
RNZ 2011 CEO Martin Sneeden said that the foundations were being
laid for a Tournament all New Zealanders would be proud of.
Releasing a special
e-Magazine 'Countdown to RWC 2011', Martin Snedden urged New
Zealanders and fans internationally to read the magazine and spread
"It shows that the Stadium of Four Million is coming alive,
something we see every week as we travel through New Zealand," said
In other celebrations, a new world record was set for passing a
At Eden Park, the Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key
joined a special Auckland 2011 team including sports stars,
dignitaries, media personalities and hundreds of school children to
break the world record for passing a rugby ball.
With the previous record at 262 passes, 270 passes passed the
record and a new one was set by the team.
In both the North and South Islands, 'mass' hakas were planned
as a unique way of marking the one-year-to-go milestone, and in
downtown Auckland a giant countdown clock was unveiled on the
Applications for the second phase of Rugby World Cup (RWC 2011)
ticketing also opened yesterday.
Martin Snedden said it was the last chance fans will have to
enter ballots for semi-finals and Final tickets.
Read more on applications for individual match tickets