Queenstown hope to retain National Sevens in 2014

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James Mortimer     13 Jan 2012     Getty Images

Queenstown has staged the tournament for nine years, and while the destination has been successful, the New Zealand Rugby Union is tendering hosting rights for 2014 and beyond.

The hugely successful Wellington leg of the International Rugby Board World Sevens Series was recently open for bidding but the capital retained the rights and will host the upcoming tournament until at least 2016.

Auckland defeated local boys Otago 36-24 in the final of the NZ National Sevens tournament on Sunday, and attracted over 4,000 people over the weekend.

NZRU president Bryan Williams told local news Mountain Scene that the adventure capital of New Zealand was in with a good chance to regain hosting rights.

“…certainly Queenstown has done a great job in the past and the Otago union and the organising subcommittee, Sevens with Altitude, have really excelled, so going forward I’m sure they’ll be in with a real shot.

“Just talking amongst the teams and coaches and management, they’d be disappointed if it got moved somewhere else.”

New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, who named an extended training squad at the conclusion of the event, said the region has become well versed to hosting the event despite the size of the ground.

“It’s a small venue but it’s got a good atmosphere, they cater for the teams pretty well and this year was exceptional because of the weather,” he said.

“They’ve got a good committee and they work very hard at what they do and they’ve got it pretty right.”

“I thought initially, going into Queenstown, the difficulty would be cancellation of flights and sometimes the difficulty of getting some teams in, but we haven’t struck that.”