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Earlybird Prices For Shiled Tickets Finish On Monday

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25 June 2008 - Ticket sales for next month's Ranfurly Shield game are steady so far, but people need to get in quick because prices change on Monday.

Early bird prices end on June 30 and then prices will go up slightly until match day on July 15. Poverty Bay Rugby Union CEO Neil Alton is urging rugby-goers to take advantage of these pre-sale prices, which will help people avoid queues for ticket sales on the day.

Tickets are on sale at Pak'n'Save and Paper Plus until match day.

Action around the match is hotting up with signing sessions being organised with Auckland players and a central city opportunity to meet the visitors.

Buses will run return trips from the centre of town to Rugby Park on match day. As there will be no public parking in the grounds, people are asked to either car-pool or catch the bus.

All bags will be searched on entry to the grounds and items such as alcohol will be removed.

Schools from throughout the district have entered into a banner competition. The banners will be paraded around the grounds on match day and each participating school gets to nominate a child to run onto the field with the teams. The best banner will win its manufacturers tickets to the game.

Mr Alton said the match promises to be a great spectacle and he hoped people would take the opportunity to support both Bayleys Poverty Bay and the union's World Cup bid.

"We are running this match under the same criteria as a World Cup match to show we have the skills and organisation to warrant a match here in Gisborne.

"Part of that requires us to show community support, so if ever there was a time to come to the rugby - this is it."

Gisborne's own rugby great and All Black captain Ian Kirkpatrick said Poverty Bay rugby would definitely benefit from the publicity surrounding the Ranfurly Shield and this would give it the profile needed to host a World Cup team or game.

"Rugby Park is a great ground and with the facilities here in the form of gyms, pools and beaches - a team could get on with the job of preparing for a World Cup campaign," he said.

Kirkpatrick said Poverty Bay was only in the Heartland division because of its size but had produced many high profile players over the years - it also had Gisborne Boys High School, one of New Zealand's highest profile secondary institutions.

"We have a great rugby community here and it would be great to see a World Cup bid launched from this province - we have the support and the organization to manage it."

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