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Rugby World Cup trademark needs to be respected
8 September 2011, 1:31 PM

Promoters and potential competition entrants have been warned to be careful when competitions are linked to the Rugby World Cup which gets underway in New Zealand tomorrow. Nishan Singh, Senior Associate at Adams & Adams Attorneys – the company that represented FIFA during the Soccer World Cup last year – says that even using the trademarked logo or the phrase could land competition organisers in hot water.

You need to be careful about the way in which you use a trademark

Singh says, “The Rugby World Cup 2011 is a registered trademark. Only the proprietor of the registered trade is authorised to use it. If you use it in the context that suggest that you are a sponsor, that will amount to ambush marketing. It occurs when the trader tries to utilise the publicity value of a sponsored event. You need to be careful about the way in which you use a trademark especially with regards to competitions.”

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1990s – Present
25 August 2011, 4:25 PM

The 1991 Rugby World Cup was hosted by Great Britain, Ireland and France, with the tournament final to be played at the home of English rugby, Twickenham. For the first time, a qualifying tournament replaced the previously used invitation format. The qualifying tournament involved 32 teams. England qualified for the final by defeating Scotland at Murrayfield, with Australia joining them by defeating New Zealand the day after. Australia won the final, defeating England 12-6. The 1995 Rugby World Cup was hosted by South Africa, and was the first time that all matches would be played in just a single country. It was the first time that South Africa participated in the tournament following the end of their international sports boycott due to the apartheid regime. South Africa won the tournament, defeating New Zealand 15-12 in the final. Joel Stransky kicked a drop-goal in extra time to grab the victory for South Africa. Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok jersey and matching cap, famously presented the Webb Ellis Cup to South African captain Francois Pienaar. The tournament also saw the emergence of rugby’s first global superstar, All Black winger Jonah Lomu. He and Marc Ellis finished the tournament as the top try scorers. The 1999 Rugby World Cup was hosted by Wales with matches played in England, France, Scotland and Ireland. There were further changes to the rules of automatic qualification for this tournament, where only the top three places from 1995, along with the host nation, automatically qualified. Sixty-five rugby nations participated in qualifying competitions for the 1999 tournament, and the participating nations increased from 16 to 20. France’s shock 43-31 semifinal win over the All Blacks is regarded as one of the biggest upsets and also one of the best games in the history of the World Cup. Australia defeated France in the final 35-12. They therefore became the first nation to win the World Cup twice. The 2003 World Cup was hosted by Australia. It was originally to be co-hosted with New Zealand, but disagreements over scheduling and signage at venues led to Australia going it alone. England won the tournament, defeating Australia in the final 20 points to 17. With 21 seconds left before sudden death England’s Jonny Wilkinson landed a drop goal to win the match. England became the first northern hemisphere nation to win a Rugby World Cup. Upon returning home, the English side was greeted by an estimated 750,000 people at a street parade celebrating their victory. The 2007 World Cup was held in France, with matches also played in Wales and Scotland. The tournament was won by South Africa, who defeated England 15-6 in the final to become World Champions for the second time. Blowouts in scores in pool matches against minnow nations changed into a finals series dominated by defence. This tournament was notable for Argentina becoming the first team from outside the Six Nations and Tri-Nations to reach the semifinals.

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1980s
25 August 2011, 4:17 PM

In 1982, Neil Durden-Smith suggested that the world cup should be held in the United Kingdom in the mid 1980s. The IRB discussed the proposal in March 1983, but the concept did not go ahead. Another meeting was held in June 1983, where Australia put forth a proposal that would see them host the first event – if it should happen. New Zealand joined the campaign, putting forth their own proposal in March of the next year. The IRB went on to conduct a feasibility study – Australia and New Zealand joined forces to bid for the hosting of an inaugural World Cup. A subsequent IRFB meeting was held in Paris in March 1985. It is known that originally, all four home nations were opposed to the idea, and the most vocal supporters were Australia, New Zealand and France. It is believed that South Africa’s decision to vote in favour of the event was the turning point in the voting. South Africa voted in favour of the tournament going ahead, though they knew they would not be competing due to the sports boycott at the time. South Africa’s vote saw England, followed by Wales, change to be in favour as well. First Tournament The 1987 World Cup was hosted by both Australia and New Zealand. 32 matches were played from over a period of May 22 to June 20. The tournament featured one African nation, three American nations, one Asian nation, seven European nations and four Oceanic nations. One notable omission was the Springboks who were not competing due to the international sports boycott. Seven places were automatically filled by the IRFB members, with invitations being sent out to fill remaining places. In total there were 16 nations in the competition. France played Australia in the semi-finals and New Zealand, Wales. New Zealand became the first ever Rugby World Cup Champions, defeating France 29 points to 9 at Eden Park in Auckland.

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Arena Manawatu
25 August 2011, 4:12 PM

Arena Manawatu is the current name of the 180,000 square metre publicly owned recreational complex just west of the Palmerston North city centre in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand. It has three linked indoor stadiums, with movable tiered seating. Outdoor facilities include football fields and a speedway track with grandstand. It claims to handle around 8,000 bookings per year, regularly catering for 36 different sporting codes in addition to annual or other infrequent events such as the “A & P Show”, religious conventions and festivals. The facility has had a number of international fixtures as of late; these include: Netball between New Zealand and England, Super 14 games and a Hyundai A-League game. Capacity is 18 000

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McLean Park
25 August 2011, 4:08 PM

McLean Park is a sports ground in Napier, New Zealand. The two main sports played at the ground are rugby and cricket. It is one of the 10 proper Cricket Grounds of New Zealand. McLean Park is an outstanding sportsground of international standards which includes an indoor stadium and Centennial Hall. The home team for this ground is Central Districts Cricket Association. Also the names of two ends of this stadium are Centennial Stand End and Embankment End. Its close proximity to the International Date Line makes it the world’s most easterly Test match ground. Capacity is 22 000

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