18 Mar 2009

First tickets to Rugby World Cup final given away

7:06 pm on 18 March 2009

The first tickets to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final were given away in Wellington on Wednesday.

Brendan Bartlett's name was drawn from those of about 500 fans at Westpac stadium at an event marking a new sponsorship deal by Heineken with the Rugby World Cup.

Mr Bartlett made a late decision to attend the giveaway and says he never expected to actually get the tickets.

He says he can now make plans to attend the final at Eden Park.

Tournament tickets will not go on sale to the public for another 10 months.