The All Blacks-France rugby test in Wellington Saturday will pack a NZ$7M ($4.89M) "economic punch for the region," according to the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The Westpac Stadium test is "expected to sell-out," with about 32% of tickets "being sold outside the Wellington region." First Retail Group Dir Chris Wilkinson said that the French test weekend has been "eagerly awaited by the retail and hospitality sectors." Wilkinson said, "Past events of this scale and profile have attracted large numbers of individuals and groups eager to spend on clothing, food and entertainment and other products. We are expecting a busy Friday, Saturday and Sunday as visitors enjoy all that the capital has to offer." Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency GM of Partnership & Events Warrick Dent said, "The French are just like Wellingtonians in that they intrinsically understand the culture of a city like Wellington, which is packed with great dining experiences, events and festivals" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 6/13).
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The 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup "attracted a record level of interest" as six unions said that they want to stage the event, according to IOL. Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Portugal and Wales all "confirmed their intentions to bid for the tournament." The "record level of interest highlights the strength of the Women's Rugby World Cup brand" after a "record-breaking" tournament in Ireland last year The 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup was the "best-attended, most-viewed and most socially-engaged ever, setting new standards for the tournament and extending the reach of the game around the world." The six unions were "issued with the bid documents" and have until Aug. 10 to submit their responses (IOL, 6/13).