This week, Queenstown has been highly praised by rugby superstars! Last years’ Super 14 champions, the South African Bulls, are training in Queenstown this week, preparing for their test against the Crusaders on the weekend, and they highly rate the New Zealand city of Queenstown.
Ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the South African Bulls have given Queenstown a five-star tourism rating. Bull’s Captain and Springbok mainstay Victor Matfield says: “If there’s one destination Rugby fans have to come and experience, it’s Queenstown.” Matfield and his team mates are impressed by the wide range of activities, high energy levels and stunning scenery. Fourie du Preez says: “Every time we come to Queenstown it gets better. This is my fourth time here and I still haven’t done everything I want to do.” And Bulls Head Conditioning Coach Basil Carzis adds: “The Rugby World Cup 2011 is a festivity, not just a competition. […] For visitors you have great activities, restaurants and bars. Everything we want is here.”
Queenstown will host four Rugby World Cup 2011 teams for training: Ireland, England, Romania and Georgia. This shows that Queenstown, which is already known as one of the world’s most desirable holiday destinations, ranks just as high as a training playground for sports people. But before the rugby superstars arrive in Queenstown, the city will host the world’s top winter athletes as it stages events of the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games.