Internationals ANZAC Test - Venue?

LordGnome_old

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/4697115/NZRL-consider-Anzac-test-venue-in-wake-of-quake

The New Zealand Rugby League say they will know more today about whether the damage to AMI Stadium in Christchurch will force them to shift April's Anzac league test against Australia away from the Garden City.
NZRL chief executive Jim Doyle said they were "monitoring" the situation and had already discussed it with their Australian counterparts.
"We've had some discussions with [stadium management] VBase who are reviewing the stadium tomorrow and we will know more tomorow when we have some feedback from them. We've heard different rumours about when the ground may be available again but we will see how things unfold over the next few days."
Doyle said he'd heard nothing official about rumoured plans to organise a Legends league game to raise funds for the Christchurch appeal, noting there was already a long-planned Legends game, run by Tawera Nikau, scheduled for the city.
Meanwhile, North Harbour Stadium said they will donate all profits from the Warriors trial game against Manly on Saturday to the Red Cross Appeal for Christchurch, and their contribution had been launched with a $20,000 donation from Sit Peter Leitch.
 

Ryan_old

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Cranberry Sauce: https://www.nrl.com/vb-test-moved-from-christchurch-to-gold-coast/tabid/10874/newsid/61586/default.aspx

New Zealand Rugby League Chief Executive, Mr Jim Doyle, has today confirmed the May 6 Test between New Zealand and Australia will move to the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park as Christchurch works to recover from the devastation of February’s earthquake.

The NZRL and the ARL have made a firm commitment to return the match to Christchurch in 2012 when AMI stadium and the city itself can capitalise on the benefits of hosting the international.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region at this time,” Mr Doyle said.

“The priority for them now is to somehow get their lives back together and the valuable resources they have on call need to be focused on trying to rebuild their city.

“By next year, hopefully, they will be looking for the tourism and the international exposure that this match can deliver and we will be there to do everything we can to deliver that outcome.

“We remain committed to giving the people of Canterbury the chance to see the World Champion Kiwis but, unfortunately, it is in everyone’s interest that we wait for the right time.

“We are conscious that there are a lot of people hurting at the moment in Christchurch, as well as many in Queensland who are still coming to terms with the devastation of recent floods and the Test will certainly include a number of fund-raising efforts.”

To accommodate the venue change, the Warriors’ Round 9 Telstra Premiership match against the Titans, which was to be scheduled at Mt Smart Stadium, has been moved to Skilled Park.

The corresponding match between the two teams in Round 18 will move from Skilled Park to Mt Smart.

“The move has been agreed to by both clubs and reduces the impact of the venue change on the Warriors players,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“There is tremendous sympathy for the people of Christchurch and we accept that the city is simply not in a position to host the match.

“Everyone is committed to making sure though that we are there to support the city with a Test when the time is right.”

The operators of AMI stadium, VBASE, today applauded the decision to commit to a New Zealand v Australia Test in 2012.

“We have been working with the NZRL with respect to the difficulties of hosting the ANZAC Test in early May,” Chief Executive, Mr Brian Pearson, said today.

“We are delighted they have made the decision to commit to Christchurch for next year.”

Ticketing details and travel packages for supporters in New Zealand will be released in coming weeks

Good news for South East Qlders.
 

Northern_Union

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Thats a shame for us league loyalists in the South but it's understandable. Little dismayed it's gone over the ditch though.
 

Ryan_old

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You'll be going to the test Ryan?
At this stage, I can't see why not. I need to get a friend or two on board to commit, as I'd never go to a match by myself. I'd just stay at home and watch on the box, like I did for the 4N final last year, despite the fact that the game was being played around 2km from where I live. One of the biggest issues I face these days is all my mates are either skydivers (who are largely uninterested in league and are always at the drop zone, many, many kilometers from the stadiums, in the weekends), or they are non-skydivers who have; long working hours, time consuming girlfriends, new-born babies, money-chewing mortgages, leprosy, etc. and don't have the motivation to go to league matches (considering that a league match, with me, usually means a long drinking session too). So, I'd just have to see. Sorry 'bout the long answer, but shit really is boring around here at the moment.
 

Kabba_old

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Why does it have to be moved to an Australian venue? Surely that indicates our other large stadiums like Eden Park and Westpac will be unavailable? But if they are available, it should stay here.

Although, as others have said, there are a lot of Kiwis in the SE Queensland area. But it's still not the same as playing it over here.
 

sebastian_old

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who have; leprosy, etc..

Yes, leprosy can at times be distracting..

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The 22 BEAST_old

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As if life isn,t bad enough for people in CHCH and now we lose this............
 

Ryan_old

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As if life isn,t bad enough for people in CHCH and now we lose this............
Well, what were the Options? In Christchurch, I mean. I could understand moving it to Wellington (not Dunedin, that wouldn't draw much of a crowd, I reckon), and I was certainly surprised to see that it moved to Skilled, but from the sounds of things AMI is going to be out of action, so what choice did they have, really?
 

The 22 BEAST_old

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Well, what were the Options? In Christchurch, I mean. I could understand moving it to Wellington (not Dunedin, that wouldn't draw much of a crowd, I reckon), and I was certainly surprised to see that it moved to Skilled, but from the sounds of things AMI is going to be out of action, so what choice did they have, really?

Somewhere in NZ would have been nice. I could,ve maybe got there then.
 

Ryan_old

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Brisbane and the Gold Coast is only a four hour flight. And if money is a problem, then well see if we can get enough together for your return flight.
 

insulinboi_old

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There are a lot of kiwis on the coast, yes. However theres alots more kiwis actually living in NZ...

Stupid decision. Should be in Wellington or Auckland or Anywhere except the West island.
 

Ryan_old

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There are a lot of kiwis on the coast, yes. However theres alots more kiwis actually living in NZ...

Stupid decision. Should be in Wellington or Auckland or Anywhere except the West island.
Too true, cuz. One mans loss, another mans g...