Rugby World Cup progress meeting

As the Southern region prepares for the Rugby World Cup, a meeting next week will allow stakeholders to check on progress.

Spokesman Stuart Heal said tournament organisers had been impressed by the collaborative approach the Otago and Southland regions took to bidding for matches and team hosting.

"We now have to make good on our bid promises and capitalise on the economic legacy of the tournament."

Local authorities, rugby unions and regional tourism organisations made up the group, which created a marketing campaign called "Spin it Wide" to promote the regions and include the communities.

"In our region, we have a real opportunity to showcase our uniqueness and deliver enduring benefits, making the tournament about more than rugby," Mr Heal said.

The Southern Region Stakeholder Rugby World Cup 2011 meeting will be held at 10.30am on Monday in the Sir Clifford Skeggs Gallery.

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