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 Volunteer programme launched for Rugby World Cup

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Club News Volunteer programme launched for Rugby World Cup

The England 2015 Organising Committee has today launched 'The Pack' - the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2015.

'The Pack', made up of 6,000 volunteers, will be the faces of the tournament, helping to deliver Rugby World Cup 2015 across England and in Cardiff. In line with the vision for Rugby World Cup 2015, 'The Pack' will have rugby at heart recruiting 75 percent of the volunteers 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 17th through an online application process. Over 2,000 RFU and WRU clubs will nominate between one and two of their members to join 'The Pack', and take part in selection events ('Try Outs') across England and in Cardiff throughout 2014.

Members of the general public can register their interest in joining 'The Pack' from today at www.rugbyworldcup.com/volunteers and details will be sent directly to all those signed up to The Front Row - the official newsletter for Rugby World Cup 2015.

The application process will be open for one month between March 17th and April 17th, followed by 'Try Outs' between June and December, with successful members of 'The Pack' confirmed in early 2015.

"'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 chief executive of the England 2015 Organising Committee, Debbie Jevans. "True to our vision, rugby is at the heart of our volunteer programme and we will recruit 75 percent of the 6,000 volunteer members of the 'The Pack' from rugby clubs in England and Wales, working with the RFU and WRU. This is a great opportunity to recognise those who support the game week in week out in their club and community.

"In addition we want to bring new people into rugby and will run a national campaign searching for 1,500 volunteers to join 'The Pack' with the aim of keeping them involved in the game beyond 2015.

"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."

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