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Rugby - and Wellington – were the winners at the end of the day

28 Aug 2016

The All Blacks’ victory in Wellington on Saturday night capped a spectacular season of top-level rugby entertainment in the capital, and a winning winter for Wellington’s economy.

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A packed crowd at Westpac Stadium watched the All Blacks whitewash the Wallabies on Saturday, with approximately 12,000 of them travelling to the region for the game.

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Chief Executive Chris Whelan says the Bledisloe Test was the biggest and best of Wellington’s rugby celebrations this winter;

“Altogether, across the Welsh Test in June, the Hurricanes’ home playoff run and the Bledisloe, rugby has brought some 28,500 people and $13 million in new spending to Wellington. Our teams have had a golden run in the big matches in Wellington this year, and our economy has been a big winner as well.”

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says 2016 has been a memorable year for rugby in the capital.

“We’ve seen more local and national victories in the Westpac Stadium than ever before. The excitement has been great for local fans and visitors have brought welcome economic impact. Thanks to the players, coaches, fans, hospitality enterprises and ratepayers!”

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