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England 2015 launches Rugby World Cup volunteer programme

England Rugby 2015, the organising committee for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has launched its volunteer programme for the event.

The volunteers group, which is to be called “The Pack”, will comprise of 6,000 people – 75 per cent of whom will be drawn from rugby union clubs in England and Wales. Applications can be submitted between March 17 and April 17 this year and England Rugby 2015 is aiming to recruit volunteers who are interested in supporting the game into its legacy drive beyond the tournament.

The Pack will perform a variety of roles during the six week tournament, including those in transport and accreditation. More than 2,000 Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) clubs will nominate one or two of their members to join and take part in selection events in England and Cardiff throughout 2014. Members of the general public can also register their interest through the Rugby World Cup 2015 website and subscribers to the tournament’s official newsletter will also receive details.

England 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said: “'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. 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.”