An independent report out today on New Zealand's hosting of the Rugby World Cup gives numbers to back up government claims it was all worth it.
The short term economic impact of the tournament's been put at around nearly $1.73 billion, with the equivalent of nearly 30,000 jobs sustained for one year.
Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully says it shows New Zealand’s hosting of the event eclipsed expectations on and off the field - and lived up to its promise of being a stadium of four million people.
He says the country turned on an unforgettable experience for international visitors, and proved to the world that we can successfully host major global events.
The tournament attracted over 133,000 international visitors – nearly twice initial estimates.
Mr McCully says lessons learn't during the planning are already being applied to other events, including preparations for the Cricket World Cup in 2015, and the World Masters Games in 2017.