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Rugby World Cup 2011

On September 26, 2008, Emirates became the first Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2011 taking place in New Zealand from September 10, to October 22, 2011. Emirates will be the official airline for the Tournament, which will be held for the first time in New Zealand since the inaugural event 1987, a country served by Emirates with 28 flights a week.

Tim Horan, Barry Brown and Dan Crowley with the Webb Ellis Cup at the Queensland Rugby Club
Legendary former All Black captain Wayne (Buck) Shelford kicks off the Emirates sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup 2011 with (from left) Martin Sneddon, CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011, Kit McConnell, Tournament Director of the International Rugby Board, Gary Chapman, Emirates President Group Services and dnata (and right), New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Clayton Cosgrove, Minister of Sport during the Emirates Rugby World Cup announcement at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on September 26, 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand.