Broncos scout Queenstown
High-profile Australian National Rugby League team the Brisbane Broncos is planning to spend four days in Queenstown in February training.
It was announced recently that the Broncos would play Auckland based NRL team the Warriors in Dunedin on Saturday February 23.
Broncos officials visited Queenstown this week to check out the town and weigh up whether they would base themselves in the resort town for four days before heading to Dunedin.
The Broncos officials in Queenstown this week included the club's general manager of football operations Andrew Gee, who himself played 255 games for the club between 1989 and 2003, and the club's strength and conditioning coach Tony Guilifoyle.
They visited the Queenstown Events Centre where the team would train in the leadup to the Dunedin game.
They checked out possible hotels and met with a prospective masseuse that the team could work with.
They also took the chance to do some sight-seeing and take in some of Queenstown well-known adventure activities.
Southland Rugby League president and Queenstown resident Teakura Moetaua showed Gee and Guilifoyle around Queenstown this week and said they seemed happy with what they seen.
''It was mainly the strength and conditioning coach Tony Guilifoyle, he just wanted to make sure there was enough equipment there for them to do there thing (at the Queenstown Events Centre), he was happy with with how everything was centralised.''
Queenstown, and the Queenstown Events Centre in particular, is already well set-up for catering for high-profile sporting teams with it becoming a hot-spot in recent times.
It included the England and Ireland rugby teams spending time there during last year's World Cup.
The Queenstown Events Centre has a training field, indoor training courts, a pool on site for recovery and a gym.
The side-effect to Queenstown for the visiting teams has been a tendency to find trouble in the party town.
In February last year the St Kilda Saints AFL team spent time in Queenstown which turned sour when they involved in a assault allegation after a night out drinking.
The English rugby team also found themselves in the spotlight in Queenstown after a series of drunken allegations.
- The Southland Times