NZ World Cup hosting in doubt

NEW Zealand Prime Minister John Key hopes Christchurch can still host Rugby World Cup matches as planned later this year despite the deadly earthquake that hit the city on Tuesday.
 New Zealand’s second-largest city is one of the venues for the September 9 to October 23 tournament and is scheduled to host seven matches, including England and Australia’s openers and two of the quarter-finals at Christchurch Stadium.
 The earthquake, the second major tremor to hit Christchurch in five months, killed at least 75 people and left roads buckled and buildings toppled across the city of 400000.
 “If we can host the Rugby World Cup as we intend in Christchurch I would like to do that,” Key said in Wellington yesterday.
 “It’s some way into the future (but) it’s a very important city to New Zealand. It would be a demonstration Christchurch is back up on its feet.
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