Rugby World Cup – It’s Finally Here!
It’s been a huge build up, six years in the waiting, but it’s finally here. Tonight Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off when the All Blacks take on Tonga at Eden Park.
I will be there with Sandra – we bought two Eden Park packs a year ago and are thoroughly looking forward to it. We will be crossing the harbour then walking the fan trail to Eden Park.
Rugby and Eden Park have been a big part of my life for nearly forty years, and seeing the World Cup come to life in my home town is a massive thrill. I was lucky enough to go to the final in 1987, and really believe this time it’s our turn again to win.
However, the key to the tournament is putting on the best possible welcome for our guests, and showing the rest of the world the best of what New Zealand has to offer. It’s not about providing a parochial platform for an All Black win at all costs; it’s about hosting and enjoying a marvellous international festival.
Auckland is looking fantastic – a whole lot of elements have come together around this tournament, and we should be justifiably proud of our city as we host the opening ceremony tonight.
The buzz around town is incredible – The Cloud looks fantastic, and the waterfront and Eden Park are ready for a spectacular show. Flags are draped from houses and cars across town.
It’s going to be a fantastic night, and whatever happens on the field, we’ve got a wonderful six weeks ahead of us. Get out and enjoy it!