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Search begins for 6,000 volunteers for Rugby World Cup 2015

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The search has begun for a 6,000-strong volunteer force who will become the faces of the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.

The volunteer programme has been called ‘The Pack’ in a move that will evoke memories of the exceptional 70,000 Games Maker volunteers that helped make the London 2012 Games such a huge success. 

The Pack will help deliver Rugby World Cup 2015 across England and in Cardiff and in order to keep rugby at the heart of the volunteers, 75% of them will be recruited from rugby clubs in England and Wales. 

In addition, ‘The Pack’ will bring 1,500 potential new volunteers into rugby through a national campaign, with the aim of retaining them beyond 2015 as part the tournament’s legacy.

Volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the six-week tournament with a range of roles including transport, meet and greet, accreditation and way-finding, which will all vary in duration.

Recruitment will begin on March 17 this year through an online application process.

"The Pack will play a big role in the delivery of Rugby World Cup 2015, welcoming the world to England, Cardiff, and to the game of rugby,” said England 2015 Organising Committee CEO Debbie Jevans.

"This is a great opportunity to recognise those who support the game week in week out in their club and community.

"Members of The Pack will help us to provide the teams and fans with a fantastic experience in 2015 and we look forward to opening the application process in March.”

The application process will be open for one month between March 17 and April 17.

This will be followed by ‘Try Outs’ from June to December this year before successful members of The Pack are confirmed in early 2015.

More than 2,000 RFU and WRU clubs will nominate between one and two of their members to join The Pack and take part in selection ‘Try Outs’ across England and in Cardiff throughout 2014.

England 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson has hailed the importance of volunteers.

"Throughout my career I have seen the vital role that volunteers play in the running of rugby clubs at all levels,” said the Toulon fly-half.

"Whether it’s helping with club administration, coaching, cleaning kit, driving teams across the country or stewarding on match days, these are the people who allow the game to thrive.

"It is great to recognise the rugby community through the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2015, and also use this as an opportunity to get more people involved in the game.”

RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger added that The Pack will play a crucial role in making the tournament a success.

"Volunteers are a key part of rugby's unique heritage and culture and we rely on them 365 days a year to run our clubs and constituent bodies, referee our games, coach players and introduce people to our great game in schools, colleges and universities," said Grainger. 

"It is fantastic that the involvement of these volunteers has been recognised in The Pack and I am sure they will add greatly to the atmosphere of the tournament.”

To register your interest in joining The Pack, Click Here
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