9 Sep 2011

Fraudulent Cup tickets cancelled

4:22 pm on 9 September 2011

Rugby World Cup officials are closely monitoring fraudulent ticket sales.

RWC 2011 chief executive Martin Snedden says tickets bought fraudulently have been cancelled and fans who buy tickets from unofficial sources will not be able to get into games.

Mr Snedden told Morning Report that organisers are watching closely and are cancelling tickets where they are not puchased legally.

In the latest case, he said tickets had been bought on stolen credit cards.

Mr Snedden said sales are snowballing at a rate of $1 million worth of tickets per day and it should be easily possible to sell the remaining $20 million worth of tickets over the duration of the tournament. He said $248 million worth had been sold so far.

Mr Snedden said there 95,000 overseas fans are now expected in the country for the tournament. Original estimates were for 65,000 international visitors.

NZ ready to party

Martin Snedden said New Zealanders are ready to party after a tough 12 months with the Pike River mine disaster, the Christchurch earthquakes and the economic situation.

He said Christchurch was planned as a star attraction and everyone is sad that will not go ahead, but the city will have a strong festival atmosphere.

After a visit to Christchurch earlier in the week, he said people there seem ready to party.

Mr Snedden said people across the country are sick of feeling down and grumpy and are ready to let go and celebrate.

He said that had been seen in the past few days across the country as the enthusiasm bubbled to the surface when teams have been welcomed from around the world.