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Minister says Rugby World Cup should provide a jobs bonanza

Acting Federal Sport and Tourism Minister, Warren Truss, has hailed the decision to award Australia and New Zealand the 2003 Rugby World Cup as a significant coup for both countries.

"Whichever team wins the World Cup, sport and tourism in both nations will be the winners," Mr Truss said.

"Predictions of 40,000 tourists and teams from 20 countries coming to the region for up to five weeks means we'll all benefit.

"The Australian Rugby Football Union estimates the economic benefit to be as high as $800m.

"That translates to jobs for a significant number of Australians.

"I congratulate the ARFU and their counterparts across the Tasman."

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