Plans for RWC 2003 well under way
April 1, 2000

John O'Neill, the Australian Rugby Union's (ARU) Chief Executive Officer and one of his country's two IRB Council members, told the Annual Meeting that very good progress was being made in the planning process for Rugby World Cup 2003.

The tournament is being hosted by Australia with New Zealand over a six-week period in October/November 2003.

"We are working towards a Tuesday to Saturday match schedule while ensuring that we give the players three days between games", O'Neill said. He added Australia expected to be in a position to sign the host union agreement with the IRB by October of this year

"We will do our best to improve, even on the fine achievements of RWC 99 and also learn from it and aim, with New Zealand, to get the tournament to run as smoothly as possible", O'Neill said.

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