IRB Junior World Championship 2014 teams reach out to Auckland community groups and schools

  • IRB Junior World Championship 2014 teams to visit schools, clubs and community groups throughout Auckland region
  • Groups encouraged to apply for team visits that support tournament values
  • Opportunity to meet the future stars of world rugby

New Zealand Rugby, together with the International Rugby Board is calling for expressions of interest from schools, rugby clubs, community groups and charities to host a visit from a team participating in the IRB Junior World Championship 2014. 

Each of the 12 competing teams – Argentina, Australia, England, Italy, Fiji, France, Ireland, Wales, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa and New Zealand – will make at least three visits each to community groups during the tournament, which kicks off on Queen’s Birthday Monday, 2 June and climaxes with the final  on 20 June.

Groups interested in hosting a JWC 2014 team are encouraged to complete an application form at www.allblacks.com/jwc or here

The tournament, the second biggest fifteens event in world rugby will feature 30 action-packed matches at QBE Stadium, North Harbour and ECOLight Stadium in Pukekohe with the finals taking place at Eden Park.

Tournament Manager Dan Tatham said New Zealand Rugby was now looking for proposals from schools, clubs and other community groups to host the teams.

“We want to bring teams to places where they can connect with young people, get an insight into our lives while sharing their customs and culture with those they meet.”

He said the teams would be important ambassadors for rugby as well as helping to underline the benefits of playing sport as young men.

“Providing a legacy for the region from hosting the event was an important part of our bid to host JWC 2014.”

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says this is a golden opportunity for Aucklanders to meet the future stars of world rugby.

“I encourage people to take advantage of this chance to meet our up and coming international rugby heroes. Major sporting events like this play a pivotal role in helping to transform a city, and connecting with communities at a grassroots level is a great way to do that,” says Mr O’Riley.

IRB Tournament Director Philippe Bourdarias said New Zealanders were fantastic hosts of all the visiting teams at Rugby World Cup 2011 and the teams competing in 2014 were looking forward to great community support once again.

“JWC 2014 presents another great opportunity to get international teams out and about in the communities they play in. This will help ensure the teams leave a lasting impression on the communities they touch and return home with warm memories of their time in New Zealand.”  

Applications close 2 May 2014