The Welsh squad sign autographs for Kiwi volunteers.
Wales squad players have scored a huge hit in New Zealand by saying "thank you" to the hundreds of volunteers who are working off the field on Rugby World Cup 2011
They recently turned out for an official reception to meet the people who give hours of their own time to make sure the competition runs smoothly.
The volunteers operate as drivers, stewards, and administrative staff to carry out a huge workload 24 hours a day.
Even when the team trains volunteers are on hand to make sure crowds are monitored and requirements of the team are met.
In Hamilton volunteers gathered at the local council headquarters in the city centre to meet the players. The crowd wasn't disappointed when Shane Williams, Dan Lydiate, Aled Brew, James Hook, Ken Owens, Craig Mitchell, Ryan Bevington and Tavis Knoyle all turned up.
The players autographed photographs, jerseys and flags before posing for souvenir pictures with the families gathered to welcome them.
Shane Williams said: "We know how hard these people work so it has been a pleasure to have a chance to meet them off duty and say thanks. Wherever we go we come across them working hard to make sure everything works smoothly and they are very good at what they do.
"We've met one or two of them out and about socially but we wanted to come along to this reception to meet as many of them as possible. This is a huge competition and there is an enormous amount of work to be done behind the scenes and off the rugby pitch.
"We are here to focus on the rugby but they have all helped to make our stay in New Zealand a little bit special."
Volunteer work group organiser for Hamilton Jenny Blanchett said: "We are delighted the boys took the time to come here and meet us. They are extremely courteous young men and it has been a real pleasure to chat to them in a relaxed environment.
"All the volunteers really love rugby and the Wales players have been particularly nice to deal with. We all hope they will take home some special memories of our country and will want to come back again to see us."
The Wales players have carried out a series of community visits during their stay in New Zealand. Some of the players have visited a hospital and the entire squad travelled to the Waitamo community to train on a local pitch and meet hundreds of children and fans who turned out to watch the session.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.