New Zealand and Australia’s three most prestigious rugby trophies will be on show at the National Sevens in Queenstown in January.
The triple treat are the Tri Nations Trophy and Bledisloe Cup, both of which New Zealand’s All Blacks retained this year, and the Ranfurly Shield, which Wellington lifted off Auckland this season.
Richie Anderson, operations manager for the organising Sevens with Altitude committee, says the trophies will be available for viewing in a guarded tent during the January 10-11 event at Queenstown’s Recreation Ground.
Also on display will be the Otago Countrywide premier championship trophy, won this season by the Arrowtown team Anderson coached.
This will be the sixth National Sevens held in Queenstown and the final under the existing contract – and Anderson is confident of the deal being extended another three years by the Otago Rugby Football Union and New Zealand Rugby Union.
Says Sevens with Altitude chairman Clark Frew: “To be fair, [NZRU and ORFU] can say no to us but all the players and management like it here and we still like running the event.”
Sky TV will broadcast the entire competition, probably on the Rugby Channel, though Sky Sport 1 or 2 may take afternoon coverage.
A celebrity guest has still to be confirmed. Anderson wants businesses interested in corporate sites to contact him.