Well done the NZ Rugby Union

Image hosted by Photobucket.comNuff said!

Interesting comment (before the winner was announced) from Stephen Jones in the Sunday Times (London) - my emphasis:
New Zealand may have the weakest bid, but what it does have is the All Blacks, who are the second-biggest brand in rugby after the British & Irish Lions. The New Zealand Rugby Union can promise future visits by the All Blacks, guaranteeing the host union millions. It is not too cynical to suggest that if New Zealand emerge as victors in the 2011 voting, the All Blacks can expect to play a draining series of away matches for the next five seasons.


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