Replay of 2011 World Cup final is selling out
RWC final replay selling outHANNAH FLEMING
Taranaki's three mayors have test match fever and they're hoping their respective areas are in the same condition.
South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop, Stratford's Neil Volzke and New Plymouth's Harry Duynhoven are urging the people of their towns - and villages - to get excited about the June 22 rugby test between the All Blacks and France at Yarrow Stadium.
Of the 23,000 tickets for sale, just 4500 remain.
The majority are general admission. However, tickets are still available in the temporary seating section and at the southern end under the scoreboard.
Covered stand seating is no longer available but TRFU commercial manager Geoff Hitchcock said hospitality packages, with covered seats, are available.
Mr Hitchcock was pleased by the consistent sales since tickets were made available and encouraged people to get in before it was too late.
As a competitive region, he would love to see Taranaki sell out before Auckland and Christchurch, hosts of the remaining two tests.
"That will send a clear message to NZRFU.
"The fan engagement is a big driver for them and selling the test out would really show we have that here.
"We want to show them that people want to see the All Blacks playing in their own back yard."
Tickets are still available at the TSB Showplace, Hawera and Stratford iSites as well as online.
Kiwi band Supergroove is set to provide pre-match entertainment at Yarrow Stadium and will also perform a gig at The Mayfair during the weekend.
Community events will be announced in the lead up to the test for people to get involved in, which all three mayors expected to drum up some excitement.
Mr Dunlop said the French were always exciting to watch when playing the All Blacks, while Mr Volzke also expected a great battle - potentially.
"Depending on what French team turns up on the day, they're probably the one team that can upset the All Blacks.
"Stratford will be a big part of this event - we love our rugby."
Mr Duynhoven said it would be a fabulous replay of what was a tight World Cup final in 2011, and with the test taking place on his birthday, a victory would be the icing on his cake.
- Taranaki Daily News
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