Claire Thomas of the WRU (left), launches the search for Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteers
The search to find official Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteers is now underway as rugby clubs nominate their members to join 'The Pack' - the 6,000 volunteers who will welcome the world to England and Wales for the Tournament.
The Tournament Organisers, England Rugby 2015, are working with the RFU and WRU to reward existing rugby club volunteers with the chance to play a key role in the delivery of eight Millennium Stadium matches which include two quarter-finals and two of Wales' pool matches on home soil.
'The Pack' will take on a range of roles including transport, meet and greet, accreditation and way-finding during the Tournament and will be made up of rugby volunteers (75%) and a further 1,500 potential new volunteers via the national campaign at: www.rugbyworldcup.com/volunteers.
Nominated club members throughout Wales can apply to join 'The Pack' by accessing the Rugby World Cup 2015 website and using their unique application code which has been sent out to all clubs by the WRU.
The WRU is looking forward to sharing Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrations in Cardiff with the volunteers who make a significant contribution to the community game in Wales each week.
"We've got fantastic rugby volunteers in Wales and we are so pleased to be rewarding these individuals with an opportunity to get involved in Rugby World Cup 2015 matches at Millennium Stadium," said WRU Head of Compliance Julie Paterson.
"The project has been met with great enthusiasm by our District Representatives who have been busy spreading the word throughout the rugby clubs since 'The Pack' was launched last month.
"From today all our volunteers can use their unique club codes to get online and apply to be part of all the action at the Millennium Stadium when Wales take on some of the best teams in the world at Rugby World Cup 2015."
Applications from the club volunteers will be accepted until 17 April. The nominees will be invited to 'Try Outs' in Cardiff from June-December.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).