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Eden Park - the main venue of the 2011 Rugby World Cup

Can the All Blacks win it in their own back yard?

Posted Sep 15, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Eden Park, New Zealand

Since beginning to write about rugby in these blogs, I seem, unintentionally, to have spent a lot of time mentioning New Zealand and writing about how good they are. Well, now I’m going to take a look at their largest stadium, Auckland’s Eden Park.
Currently undergoing redevelopment for the 2011 Rugby World Cup that will be held in New Zealand, this old stadium will increase from 48,000 seats to 60,000. It has already been earmarked as the venue for both the rugby final and the 2015 Cricket World Cup final that is being hosted in the country.
This tremendous stadium has been the official venue of Auckland Rugby Union in 1925 and has played host to some of the most major sporting events in New Zealand’s history.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing the Haka performed there in front of the country’s adoring fans and I believe that this will be a formidable venue for any of the visiting nations.
I already have New Zealand earmarked as the champions and with the tournament in their own back yard, what better incentive do they need. And at Eden Park they will have the perfect venue from which to launch their assault on the world’s leading rugby nations.
Over recent years, the All Blacks have always been tipped to do great things and they then fall at the biggest event – the World Cup. Well not 2011. Not at Eden Park. The noise and love the players will receive from the 60,000 strong New Zealand contingent will be an impressive sight.
Eden Park – it’s the national stadium, where national pride and amazing talent will meet to ensure that the world cup success the country craves is delivered.

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