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£1,200-a-week bill for rugby fans

16 September 2011 11:58

Many fans are spending 'a small fortune' on match tickets at the Rugby World Cup

Many fans are spending 'a small fortune' on match tickets at the Rugby World Cup

Sports fans travelling to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup can expect to fork out more than £1,100 per week, according to a new study.

Sainsbury's estimates that the average tourist may have to budget for an expenditure of £1,174.17 per week - excluding flight charges and the price of match tickets.

The extra costs added to an already heavy burden on the wallet are likely to send rugby fans hunting for cheap travel insurance deals.

Accommodation is expected to account for nearly three-quarters of the weekly spend, as hotel room rates have been driven skywards by the rising demand. The average cost of hotel rooms in New Zealand has soared by £213.75 per week, the figures show.

In Auckland, which is home to key match venues, a beer can be bought for around £2 and an evening meal is estimated to cost £27.30 on average - which on the whole offers a better deal than in the UK.

"With many fans shelling out a small fortune on tickets and feeling the high demand for accommodation on their wallets, shopping around for the best deal on travel money could make a big difference," said David Barrett of Sainsbury's.