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Friday, 19 April 2019 04:15 pm

Capital gets its game face on for the Rugby World Cup

WELLINGTON City has begun putting on its game face for Rugby World Cup 2011.

The first game of the World Cup 2011 tournament kicks off in New Zealand on September 9th, with Wellington’s first game on the 11th of September.

Members of the NewsWire team have been on the streets of Wellington City, taking photos of the growing rugby fever.

With the tournament edging closer, the city is increasing the rugby related visages, with flags, advertising, fans, and excitement all on the rise.

Many restaurants, bars and retail outlets are now sporting flags of the nations to be hosted in Wellington.

Weta Workshop produced a sculpture of leaping rugby players, and a temporary artificial field has been laid in Civic Square (below).

The field will host a number of junior Rippa rugby games starting mid-September, as well as providing a venue for office workers to throw a ball around.

 The world cup is expected to increase international visitors to Wellington by 40% over the six weeks that the tournament takes place.

During the tournament, Wellington is the location for eight games, including two of the quarterfinals, and will host a number of international teams.

Teams that will be in Wellington at varying stages during the tournament are South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Australia, US, Canada, Tonga, France, Georgia, Scotland, Argentina and home nation New Zealand.

With 20 teams competing in this, the seventh tournament, the cup is expected to add $507 million to New Zealand’s gross domestic product.

This is the second time New Zealand has hosted the cup, with the first and last time being the inaugural tournament in 1987 – a tournament remembered fondly as the only time the All Blacks won.

BANNER ESTABLISHMENT: World Cup flags fly above The Establishment bar in Courtenay Place.COFFEE CUP: A waterfront coffee cart sports a picture of legends Don Clarke (left) and bare-foot kicker Bob Scott.RUGBY STREET: Journalism student Gareth Wallace checks out posters laid along the waterfront.SAMOAN SNAPSHOT: Manu Samoa pose for a photo on the City to Sea bridge.DOUBLE BILL: Advertisers compete for space in Wellington’s Dixon St.CROUCHING BALLS, HIDDEN FACE CLOTHS: An imaginative way to market face cloths at Briscoes.MANU MANA: Samoan rugby fans (above and below) pose at the base of the Weta Workshop sculpture in Jack Ilott Green.WORLDWIDE WELCOME: Wisebuys on Dixon St is stocked up for the fan onslaught.SCORE STORE: A one-stop shop for Cup stuff in Mercer St.GILBERT’S BEST: An official RWC match ball on display in Rebel Sport, Cuba St.TED’S ARMY: It’ll be no picnic for the ABs in Whitcoulls on Courtenay Place. BET’S ON: The TAB in Courtenay Place gears up for a lot of punting. RAILLYING SUPPORT: Contestant countries are all aboard for the tournament.TICKET SCRUM: The line at the Ticketec office.HEAD GEAR: Wisebuys has specialised equipment for non-players.ODD BALL:  A display in a Courtenay Place pharmacy.LOYAL LINEN: Briscoes discounts RWC towels and bedspreads.CUP CHARMER: A silver rugby ball and tiki on display at Lazule, Cuba St.EYES UP: Sky’s the limit for a TV ad on Taranaki St.BOOTS ‘N’ ALL: RWC fashion in Vivant clothing store in Left Bank.OLD BLACKS: A pile of second hand books for sale in Pegasus Books, Left Bank.BIG CALL: The Telecom shop in Lambton Quay.BLACK ‘N’ READ: A flag on show at the City Library.FLAG ELATION: Flags of competing nations hang in Wellington train station.BEER WARS: Steinlager gets in on Heineken’s Cup act.BLACK POWER: A Coke machine gets in on the act in Courtenay Place.BOUNCE BLACK: A help wanted sign at Bungey Extreme in Taranaki St.FLYING FERN: The All Black flag flies above Mac’s Brewery.JOE’S SHOWS: A billboard for Joe’s Garage cafe in Tory St.

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