World Cup staying in New Zealand

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The Independent Online

Rugby World Cup chiefs have stressed that all 48 matches of this year's tournament will take place in New Zealand.

The country is reeling from last week's Christchurch earthquake, which is expected to see a final death toll in excess of 200. Christchurch is due to stage seven matches in the competition, including England's pool stage appointments with Argentina and Georgia, Scotland versus Argentina and two quarter-finals. Rugby World Cup Limited insists New Zealand will be sole hosts when the event kicks off on 9 September, although no decision has been made on Christchurch itself as yet.

A statement said: "It would not be right for Rugby World Cup Limited to speculate or comment on Christchurch's ability to host matches as planned until an extensive review and assessment has been completed, which could take several weeks."