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VIDEO - Johnson hails World Cup support

20 April 2010

  • England manager reflects on his World Cup experiences and praises travelling support
  • England Rugby Travel World Cup 2011 sales 37% up on 2007 tournament

The number of England fans booked on travel packages to the New Zealand Rugby World Cup 2011 is up 37 per cent compared to the same point ahead of Rugby World Cup 2007, and with the Tournament just under 17 months away Martin Johnson, England team manager, is delighted with the response from the fans.

"The Rugby World Cup is now the world's third largest sporting event and because it only happens once every four years it is special,” said Johnson. “New Zealand is a nation steeped in rugby history and it will be buzzing so it's great to learn that so many England fans are planning on heading out for what promises to be a great Tournament. They want to be able to say 'I was there' and we are delighted that they are going to be."

The most popular travel package being sold by England Rugby Travel is the 19-night quarter finals to final option, which includes some of New Zealand's greatest scenery as well as two back-to-back quarter finals in Christchurch, a semi finals weekend and the final in Auckland.

Martin Snedden, chief executive for Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011, said New Zealanders would be opening their arms to England fans.

"Our promise to all visitors is that you won't just get to see thrilling rugby in a nation passionate about the game, you will be able to enjoy the very best of our culture and natural heritage and our great Kiwi hospitality.

"We will be celebrating more than just rugby over six weeks as every part of the country will hold a festival to showcase their wonderful food, wine, landscapes and other attractions so I have no doubt England fans will leave with very special memories of their time here."

As an Official Travel Agent of Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand, England Rugby Travel has secured a host of centrally located hotels that means the England fans have a choice of four star-plus rated hotels for the high profile weekends.

England Rugby Travel is offering two types of package for fans. The 'full travel' packages include officially allocated match tickets, international return flights, internal travel within New Zealand, return airport/hotel transfers, a designated coach captain for the duration of the tour and much more.

The 'explorer' package includes a return international flight, a choice of officially allocated match tickets and the opportunity to include a motorhome.

Further information on World Cup 2011 travel packages is available on the England Rugby Travel website or by calling 0844 788 5000.