As I write this, my Rugby World Cup 2011 clock is showing 10 days, 3 hours, 13 minutes and 27 seconds until the start of this year’s tournament! The wait is nearly over and I have to say I am more than a little excited. Nothing could build my excitement more than the great win by the Wallabies over the All Blacks last weekend to break the drought on Tri Nations Championships. It was a cracking game and gave an insight into what we can expect from the greatest sporting event on earth (in my opinion anyway)! The pressure building on the New Zealand team given their past “choking” episodes makes this the most anticipated RWC ever. Will it be too much for them? Well the Wallabies showed that if you’re willing to bash them up, then they’re certainly beatable.
With tens of thousands of people travelling to New Zealand for the event there will be no shortage of New Zealand Dollars being purchased to keep the fans in high spirits for the duration of the tournament. In fact the numbers are quite staggering; it’s estimated that over 70,000 international supporters and media will be travelling to the event and pumping around 500 million dollars into the New Zealand economy. Although, as pointed out to me recently, with the number of locals that will stop work for the duration of the tournament it could actually have a negative effect on the economy!
We have seen a number of customers exchanging currency to New Zealand Dollars in the lead up. If you are a Kiwi returning home to attend the matches there is no better way than CurrencyFair to convert your hard earned GBP, EUR, CAD, USD (or many other currencies) into NZD; no doubt ready to spend on Steinlager and match tickets. If you are not from that part of the world, but you have family or friends who are, you can always use CurrencyFair to transfer the funds directly to their bank account, ready for them to withdraw for you when you arrive. Just make sure you trust them!!
Wherever you are in just over 10 days and 2 hours I hope you enjoy the start of this fantastic event! Unfortunately we were a bit late coming up with the sponsorship money but maybe the next one!!
Go the Wallabies!! (and the Irish! – Ed)