Rugby World Cup organisers are appealing for volunteers to help out at next year’s tournament.
Milton Keynes will play host to three group-stage matches in October 2015.
In preparation for the World Cup, organisers have prepared ‘The Pack’ for people interested in volunteering to sign up for a range of roles, including transport, meet and greet, accreditation and way-finding, and will all vary in duration.
Recruitment will begin on March 17 through an online process, but people can register their interest immediately at www.rugbyworldcup.com.
Successful candidates will be told early next year.
England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans said: “’The Pack’ will play a big role in the delivery of RWC 2015, welcoming the world to England, Cardiff, and to the Game of Rugby. True to our vision, Rugby is at the heart of our volunteer programme and we will recruit 75 per cent of the 6,000 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.”
England Rugby 2015 Ambassador and RWC 2003 winner Jonny Wilkinson added: “Throughout my career I have seen the vital role that volunteers play in the running of rugby clubs at all levels. Whether it means 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 RWC 2015 volunteer programme, and also use this as an opportunity to get more people involved in the Game.”