Rugby World Cup games will be moved from Christchurch after the stadium in New Zealand’s second- biggest city was damaged by an earthquake on Feb. 22.
New Zealand is ready to pull out of future Rugby World Cups unless an International Rugby Board review recommends a commercial model that would address revenue losses for the major teams, the nation’s rugby boss said.
New Zealand’s Dan Carter, Test rugby’s all-time top points scorer, has hardly touched a ball in months.
Land Rover was appointed an official sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and a top-level worldwide partner of the following edition of the event in England in 2015.
New Zealand’s government forecasts tourist arrivals will increase by an average of 3.5 percent a year through 2016, buoyed by the Rugby World Cup and a global economic recovery.