A glorious two weeks of the very highest quality of lawn bowls will hit New Zealand between November 29th and December 11th 2016. New Zealand fans will be fortunate enough witness the cream of international bowlers fighting for the title in historic Christchurch at centres in Burnside, Canterbury, Fendalton and Papanui. It will be an intense battle on the greens in pursuit of glory.

34 nations qualified for the championships across a total of four disciplines (singles, pairs, triples and fours), with each discipline offering its own unique excitement and attraction for enthusiasts of the sport across all ages.

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales all qualified and the Isle Of Man and Guernsey will also be proud participants at the prestigious event in New Zealand.

2015 player of the year Jamie Walker will be representing England’s men in the singles. The Northampton bowler will be hoping to carry on his fantastic domestic form onto the international stage. Of course, it’s not just about the singles and England has a great team all round, especially in the pairs with Louis Ridout and Sam Tolchard. Speaking of the Tolchard’s, Sam’s sister Sophie continues to dazzle fans of the sport with her amazing rise. She leads the women’s singles and will be hoping to add to the incredible feat she achieved in 2015 of winning both the women’s and junior’s national championships. Good luck Sophie!

The Australian team will be looking to restore some pride after a very disappointing effort in the Commonwealth Games, which for a typically strong Aussie team will have hurt. They could certainly be contenders and will be primed to bounce back. New Zealand should never be backed against on home soil however and in terms of the men’s teams Scotland will be very, very hard to beat – a fact recognized by the Australian bowler Mark Casey.

"Scotland with Alex Marshall, Paul Foster and Darren Burnett - any time you have those three players in the same team they will be hard to beat."

So, it’s looking very good for an exciting tournament over in New Zealand come November/December.

About Christchurch

Christchurch is a remarkable place. There is unlikely to be anywhere else on the planet where you can ski, play golf, wind-surf, mountain bike, walk around a beautiful old city and botanical gardens all within a two hour drive of an international airport. The city itself is lovely. Beautiful old buildings, a peaceful vibe and always lots of things on including excellent markets and great places to sit, drink good coffee and watch the world go by. On 3rd December, during the tournament is the prestigious South Island Wine & Food Festival, which would be well worth a visit, with over 40 wineries taking part as well as culinary lessons from esteemed chefs available.

Tickets

For those who fancy a massive trip to a beautiful part of the world to watch the beautiful game (not only football claims that title!) tickets are available here.