Mallard is likely to be handed another NZ rugby portfolio

New Zealand’s Trevor Mallard is likely to be handed another portfolio thanks to New Zealand’s winning of the 2011 Rugby World Cup hosting rights.

New Zealand has decided to appoint a minister to take charge of the Rugby World cup in 2011. The Sport and Economic Development Minister is the most likely choice for Rugby World Cup Minister.

Helen Clark says it is the same idea used during the America’s Cup – to create a close link between the Government as a financial sponsor, and the organising body.

She is not concerned about a potential loss that would have to be underwritten by the Government. The Prime Minister says the tax take from the estimated tourist numbers more than equals the projected loss.

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