29 Aug 2011

Sport: Fiji first team to arrive for Rugby World Cup

11:09 am on 29 August 2011

The first of 20 teams vying for the Rugby World Cup will arrive in New Zealand today.

Fijian players are scheduled to touch down at Auckland Airport at quarter-past three this afternoon.

Earlier this month, the Government agreed to allow the Fijian player Leone Nakarawa into the country despite him initially being banned as a former soldier.

Each of the arriving teams will be greeted officially at the airport, and will later have either a marae or civic ceremony.

The England team is next to arrive, early on Wednesday morning, followed by the Japanese and French later the same day.

Samoa's team arrives on Thursday afternoon, as do Ireland, Romania, Argentina and Namibia.