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Massey @ Rugby World Cup 2011

Our people at the RWC 2011

Massey is closely linked to RWC2011 through its staff, students, alumni, and community.

Here you can find commentary, events and other information about Massey’s involvement.
We talk to two very special alumni – one with the ultimate responsibility for winning this year’s event, the other who has already won the ultimate prize in rugby three times.

Massey is New Zealand’s foremost athlete-friendly university and is playing a major role in this country’s biggest sporting event, RWC2011.



All Blacks coach Graham Henry - Full Story

Former Black Ferns captain Dr Farah Palmer - Full Story

RWC News

Opinion: Irish writer's song and dance over All Blacks' haka is nothing new
It would just not be a Rugby World Cup without a song and dance, quite literally, being made about the Haka ritual performed by the All Blacks just...
Work-Integrated Learning leads to major event experiences
Next week, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise graduate Callum Smith will be the guest speaker at the New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education...
Ka Mate – a commodity to trade or taonga to treasure?
As we approach the ninth Rugby World Cup, Massey University researchers are recommending more protections for the use of haka in marketing, both here...
All Blacks show mental toughness in winning year
A leading sport psychologist says the All Blacks' historic unbeaten year is the result of the team's self-belief, but they must now sustain that...
Opinion: NZRU keeps tight control of rugby franchises
As a sports economist, the announcement that the Hurricanes and Crusaders Super Rugby franchises will have new operators next year raises a few...
Replica 1905 All Blacks jersey donated to Welsh club
In a gesture of international goodwill a replica rugby jersey made from the same material and mill that crafted the original jerseys for the 1905 All...
Multi-talented singer also a Massey marvel
Rugby World Cup songstress Elizabeth Marvelly has spoken about how she combines her career with study through Massey University's extramural...
Massey award for rugby hero Cruden
Rugby World Cup winner Aaron Cruden is being offered an award to study at Massey University so he can combine his rugby career with tertiary...
'Change funding or we're co-hosting RWC with Aussies'
The only way New Zealand can afford to hold the Rugby World Cup again is co-hosting with Australia - unless the International Rugby Board (IRB)...
Leadership from within key to All Blacks' RWC success
The All Blacks' success in reaching the finals of the Rugby World Cup is no surprise to Massey University PhD student Tom Johnson.

RWC Events

Staff from the School of Linguistics and International Languages on the Manawatu campus are teaching Palmerston North business people how to greet people in Spanish in preparation for the University hosting the Argentina team.

CoCA will launch an exhibition of 125 years of design in Wellington, It will be promoted as part of the RWC2011 Festival for both domestic and international visitors.

September 9
Big kick-off.Free concert from New Zealand School of Music Big Band at the Town Hall in Wellington at 5pm.

September 24
A reunion will be held on the Manawatu campus for about 50 members of the family of Charles John Monro, who brought rugby’s rules to New Zealand. The University has refurbished the Monro Memorial plaque, on Monro Hill, which will be unveiled. The family will also tour Craiglockhart, now a hall of residence for students.

September 27 to October 2
School of English and Media Studies will be performing the Manawatu Dreaming street theatre project as part of the Our People, Our Place festival running in Palmerston North during RWC2011. 

In conjunction with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Massey University will offer ‘rural gems’ tours to people with agribusiness interests who are visiting Manawatu during the Rugby World Cup

October 4
Legends of the Game gala dinner. Massey University’s Sport and Rugby Institute, Manawatu campus, will be the venue for a dinner with All Black greats Sir Brian Lochore, Murray Mexted and Jamie Joseph as well as triple Rugby World Cup champion Farah Palmer.

October 7
Free pre-quarter finals concert with New Zealand School of Music Brass Ensemble at the Town Hall in Wellington at 5pm.

October 11-13
Massey University’s World Champion robotics team MESS1 from the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology on the Albany campus will be in action in the Robotics World Cup at the Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront. The event is part of a showcase featuring home grown technology and innovation from a range of industries and aims to raise awareness and create business opportunities among Rugby World Cup visitors.

October 19
New Zealand Food Awards in association with Massey University. Gala Awards Dinner will be held in conjunction with the Rugby World Cup Expo at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.