Three of the five Rugby World Cup pool matches that were to have been held in Christchurch, but have had to be moved because of the February earthquake, will remain in the South Island. Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill will each host an additional match, with the remaining two to be held in Wellington and North Harbour on Auckland’s North Shore. The two quarter-finals, due to be played in Christchurch on 8 and 9 October, will be played at Eden Park in Auckland.
The rescheduled matches mean Argentina will play England in Dunedin on 10 September, Australia plays Italy at North Harbour, Auckland on 11 September, England faces Georgia in Dunedin on 18 September, Argentina plays Scotland in Wellington on 25 September, and Australia plays Russia at Nelson on 1 October. As part of the rescheduling, one non-Christchurch match, Scotland against Georgia, will be moved from Dunedin to Invercargill on 14 September, for operational reasons.
Organisers have said that ticket purchasers for all Christchurch matches and Scotland’s game against Georgia will receive a refund and the opportunity to secure replacement tickets to the rescheduled matches during a priority purchase period. Rescheduling games has also meant a number of changes to team bases. Queenstown will now host Georgia as well as Ireland, Romania and England, while Hanmer Springs in north Canterbury becomes a new team base and will host Australia over four nights. Nelson will also host a fourth team – Australia – who will stay and train in the region four nights from 28 September to 1 October. The match will be Russia’s second in the region. The team is already scheduled to play Italy at Trafalgar Park on 20 September. Their stay will be extended to also include 28 September to 1 October for a total of six nights.
RWC 2011 Rescheduled Pool Matches
- 10 Sept Pool B Argentina v England – Otago Stadium, Dunedin (20.30)
- 11 Sept Pool C Australia v Italy – North Harbour Stadium, Auckland (15.30)
- 18 Sept Pool B England v Georgia – Otago Stadium, Dunedin (18.00 )
- 25 Sept Pool B Argentina v Scotland – Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington (20.30)
- 1 Oct Pool C Australia v Russia – Trafalgar Park, Nelson (15.30)