Hamilton to host All Blacks and four RWC teams


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18 December 2009

Hamilton will host the All Blacks for a week during the Rugby World Cup 2011.

The All Blacks will stay and train in Hamilton, and the rest of the time will be hosted by Auckland and Wellington.

The city was a big winner from the host city announcement, made in Auckland today.

Hamilton will also host four other teams - Wales, Fiji, Samoa and an Asian qualifier.

Mayor Bob Simcock said of the hosting announcement: “We are happy.”

“It is mostly about having teams in our community who we can engage with and enjoy having here. And of course we are delighted to have the All Blacks.”

The visiting teams will train at St Paul’s Collegiate and St Peter’s School.

Waikato rugby legend Warren Gatland, who continues to be based here while coaching the Welsh national side, was chuffed with the announcement:

“Obviously for me personally, being a Hamilton and Waikato boy through and though, I am delighted the boys will spend some time in Hamilton.”

Mr Gatland said his team was keen to visit schools and smaller communities in towns in Hamilton and the surrounding region.

He said Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium was “probably the best in the country in terms of atmosphere as the crowd is so close to the action.”

Mr Simcock said Warren Gatland was “one of us” and Hamilton will warmly welcome Welsh players and fans.

“We have got a tremendous association with the Welsh. It just means this community and region can relate to Wales in a special way.”

Planning is well underway in Hamilton for the Rugby World Cup. The city will host three RWC games including NZ v Asian qualifier (16 Sept), Wales v Oceania 1 (18 Sept), Wales v Fiji (2 Oct )

Hamilton hosts a number of other major events like the ITM Hamilton 400, and the World Rowing Championships next year to trial various systems for RWC.

Hamilton will host:  

Team​ No. of Nights​ Dates​ Training Venue​
​New Zealand 7​ Sep 10 – 16​ St Peter’s College​
Asia 1​ 3​ Sep 14 – 16​ St Paul’s Collegiate​
Samoa​ 2​ Sep 17 – 18​ St Paul’s Collegiate​
Wales​ 13​ Sep 17 – 23, Sep 27 – Oct 2​ St Peter’s College​
Fiji​ 2​ Oct 1 – 2​ St Paul’s Collegiate​
Name: Bob Simcock
Designation: Hamilton Mayor
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Name: Monica Holt
Designation: Communication Manager
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