Rugby World Cup 2011: The tournament in numbers

With the world's third largest sporting event just days away, here are some facts you might not know

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Up for grabs: The Rugby World Cup trophy Photo: RWC 2011

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As the final build-up to the main events gets under way, we bring you some interesting facts about the New Zealand tournament.

In numbers – Rugby World Cup 2011

Teams will bring 80 tonnes of freight – the equivalent to 20 African elephants

Over 97,800 meals will be eaten at team hotels

One million punnets of chips will be sold at stadiums

Three hundred thousand glasses are required for stadiums

Exactly 1,388 match balls are needed for 48 matches and training sessions

Sixty-thousand personnel will be accredited including players, media, catering staff, security and VIPs

Over 121,000 bed nights have been booked for the officials needs of Tournament (equivalent to 332 years)

Nine thousand international and domestic flights booked for teams, officials and others flying to and around New Zealand

Buses and cars are being hired representing 8,870 vehicle hire days.

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