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SNTV Rugby Ritchie
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Summary: RFU chief: England will win Rugby World Cup
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Date: 01/26/2015 06:31 PM
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Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the RFU, said that England will win the Rugby World Cup on home soil in 2015 during a wide-ranging interview with SNTV on Monday (26th January) at Twickenham Stadium.

For Ian Ritchie, 2015 is the 'most momentous year in the history of rugby in this country.'

The RFU (Rugby Football Union) is responsible for delivering the Rugby World Cup and, as the chief executive of that organisation, Ritchie wants to make 2015 as successful as possible.

"I think, from our point of view, we have three major objectives. A fantastic event (with) great memories that people will enjoy engage and participate in. Build the sport. Build a legacy for the sport post-2015," said Ritchie.

"And a small matter as well is that we would rather like to win as the host country."

England and the RFU had a rough time after winning the Rugby World Cup against hosts Australia in 2003.

Almost as soon as the cup was lifted, the in-fighting began.

Sir Clive Woodward, who was coach at the time, resigned saying that England players simply played too much rugby for their clubs.

The spectre of Woodward still hangs over the RFU, especially following a defeat, but Ritchie has turned the organisation around since his appointment in 2012.

That said, there's a growing injury list ahead of the first Six Nations match against Wales on February 6th.

Geoff Parling, Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Tom Wood, Ben Foden, Ben Morgan, Ed Slater and Kyle Eastmond are all receiving treatment.

"The timing sometimes of these injuries in a (particular) position is not something that you can always choose."

"So I think there is pressure on the players. But I think you have to take what you get and, in most sports, people have injuries from time-to-time. I think we have the strength and depth to deal with it."

Even with 10 players out, Ritchie doesn't think these are the so-called 'exceptional' circumstances which would mean calling up overseas players.

"It's always something we can look at. But I think the policy is an absolute correct one."

"Sometimes you have got to deal with the practicalities. It's not just about being available for selection for the matches (but) it's also about availability for training and availability to medics and physios. And when a player goes abroad, you don't get that sort of access."

The former TV executive wasn't keen to single out any particular players - but the RFU seem to be leaving themselves open to an exception ahead of the World Cup.

Steffon Armitage is one of the best forwards in the world but has just five England caps because he plays in France for Toulon.

Ritchie was careful to stress it was never-say-never when it came to Armitage.

His stance on who will win the tournament was much clearer.

"England will win the World Cup," Richie said.

Twickenham, England - 26 January 2015

1. 00:00 Wide

2. 00:07 Close up of Ian Ritchie

3. 00:11 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

"I think 2015 is the most momentous year in the history of rugby in this country. It's a year to look forward to and I am sure it's going to be hugely enjoyable but we want to make the most for rugby in this country and build upon that."

4. 00:29 Pan of Ritchie talking to reporter

5. 00:40 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

"I think from our point of view, we have three major objectives. A fantastic event. Great memories that people will enjoy engage and participate in. Build the sport. Build a legacy for the sport post-2015 and a small matter as well is that we would rather like to win as the host country. So those are our three clear objectives."

6. 01:05 Wide of Twickenham

7. 01:14 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

"The economics are looking pretty good so far. We have sold nearly two million tickets already. We have still got eight or nine months to go. 38 of the 48 matches - we have already sold the allocation. We are maybe trying to get some back from World Rugby because they hold a few back. So I think in terms of the economics of it - it is going to be fantastic. But, in the same way, the broader perspective is - what does it mean for the game? So any money that we make - the RFU is an investment vehicle for putting money back into the game. So every pound we get goes into somebody's clubhouse facilities, engaging referees or coaches, so we want it to be an economic success and I am sure that it will be but all of that money then goes back into the game and that is true for World Rugby as well. They invest into the growth of the game throughout the world. We are focused on England."

8. 02:07 Pan up of statue

9. 02:14 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

Q. Are England players playing too much rugby?

"I think there is always pressure when you have got a very vibrant club game like we have got here in England. Probably only the French have a similar sort of volume of club games. I think European club rugby is a tremendous success and something that you want to do. And, of course, the timing sometimes of these injuries in a (particular) position is not something that you can always choose. So I think there is pressure on the players. But I think you have to take what you get and in most sports, people have injuries from time-to-time and I think we have the strength and depth to deal with it."

10. 02:50 Pan up of another statue

11. 02:58 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

"Sometimes you have got to deal with the practicalities. It's not just about being available for selection for the matches, it's also about availability for training and availability to medics and physios. And when a player goes abroad, you don't get those sort of access and we have additional camps for the England team and, therefore, when someone is out of the jurisdiction, and that contract does not cover the availability for those important training sessions, that by its very nature disqualifies somebody from consideration but it's always something we can look at. But I think the policy is an absolute correct one."

12. 03:35 Pan of Twickenham

13. 03:45 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

"I think artificial pitches, by the way, are a very exciting and good innovation. And I think that it's particularly true that at a community level because you can get great amounts of play on the pitch, and I think that's what Saracens have done very successfully as well. There's more opportunities to play. We looked at this. The pitch that is in here just now is a Desso one. It was only put in about two years ago. We are delighted with it. We think it's the right surface for here. I don't think that it would be something that we would look to change in the near future. And I think that's probably true of international rugby more generally. I know other grounds looked a this as well."

14. 04:21 Ritchie talking to reporter

15. 04:26 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

"Even with Premiership players there are very few players who get concussion. So when you look at the total numbers of people playing, it's very important to get it perspective. We know we have got a challenge and we need to address it with education and with research. But let's put it in perspective. The vast majority of people playing - whether professionally or at in the amateur game - do not get any difficulties with concussion."

16. 04:54 Wide

17. 04:59 SOUNDBITE (English) Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive

Q. Last question, who is going to win the World Cup?

"England will win the World Cup. (Laughs)"

18. 05:23 Pan

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SNTV Rugby England
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Summary: Cipriani and Easter included in England squad for Six Nations
Story No: 1025684
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Date: 01/21/2015 01:57 PM
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England head coach Stuart Lancaster shares his thoughts on his 34-man training squad at Twickenham in London on Wednesday (21st January) ahead of the Six Nations Championship.

England have recalled Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani to their 34-man training squad ahead of the Six Nations Championship.

England begin their campaign at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against Wales on 6th February.

Easter, who has impressed with his club form for Harlequins, wins his first call-up since 2011, while Cipriani's last involvement in a Six Nations squad was back in 2008.

"Nick (has) not really been involved with me since I started and I think now, particularly with Ben Morgan's injury the need for specialist number 8s in your squad," Lancaster said on Wednesday. "Billy Vunipola was outstanding at the weekend, the best game we've seen him play in a long time, but we need the two specialists number 8's and Nick, to be fair, has been outstanding and deserves his opportunity to come in and prove that he can come in a replicate that back at international level."

Concerning Cipriani, Lancaster said that he deserved his place in the triaing squad, but appearances on the pitch would be determined by form alone.

"We've got a whole Six Nations period to go and a whole World Cup camp to go and he's 27 years old," Lancaster said. "He's the same age as a lot of our lads. They've all come through together and I see Danny being around for hopefully the next two, three, four years and so the battle continues as to who's going to get that shirt. but it will all come down ultimately, not to previous reputation or what people have done in the past, it will come down to who is delivering week in, week out for their clubs and that's how we'll judge it."

This England training squad will be reduced to 23 on the Monday or Tuesday before the Wales game, with the rest released back to their clubs.

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England senior training squad:

Forwards:

Props: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath Rugby); Hookers: Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Locks: Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), George Kruis (Saracens), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers); Back-rows: Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nick Easter (Harlequins), James Haskell (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints),

Backs:

Back three: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby); Centres: Brad Barritt (Saracens), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby); Fly-halves: Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints); Scrum-halves: Danny Care (Harlequins), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Twickenham Stadium, London, England - 21st January 2015

1. 00:00 England head coach Stuart Lancaster enters press conference

2. 00:03 Close up Lancaster

3. 00:06 SOUNDBITE (English) Stuart Lancaster, England head coach:

(on the inclusion of Harlequins number eight Nick Easter)

"Nick is obviously slightly different, not really been involved with me since I started and I think now, particularly with Ben Morgan's injury the need for specialist number 8s in your squad. Billy Vunipola was outstanding at the weekend, the best game we've seen him play in a long time, but we need the two specialists number 8's and Nick, to be fair, has been outstanding and deserves his opportunity to come in and prove that he can come in a replicate that back at international level."

4. 00:41 Lancaster flanked by assistant coaches Graham Rowntree (left of picture) and Andy Farrell (right)

5. 00:45 SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Farrell, England assistant coach:

(on the development of 26 year-old Bath forward Sam Burgess)

"Yes, pleased with the progress certainly. He's picked up a lot of things over the last 6 or 7 weeks and I think the more game time that he has the better he gets. He's played a few A League games and sorted a few things out in those games as far as the breakdowns concerned, etcetera. And his last performance was outstanding wasn't it? Look, there's going to be a lot of ups and downs. He will have great games in the next couple of months. He will also have a few games where he makes a few errors so I think good and bad. It's good for him at this moment in time because it's a steep learning curve."

6. 01:28 Mid shot Rowntree, pan to Lancaster

7. 01:34 SOUNDBITE (English) Stuart Lancaster, England head coach:

(on the England coaching set-up and the selection process ahead of the Six Nations)

"I think the way to deal with expectation and pressure is to get your job right and to get the detail right and the preparation right. As I say, we've watched all the games, it's been... it was a great weekend in Europe or our English clubs. I thought the top teams really turned up and delivered, so clearly ther are a lot of good players in form, but we've got to get that group together now, get them in that England mode and get that preparation and detail right going into the Wales game, because that's where you can focus your attention, you can't control the outcome, you can't control the Grand slams, you can't control the World Cups. What you can control is your preparation, and that's what we've got to get right."

8. 02:14 SOUNDBITE (English) Stuart Lancaster, England head coach:

(on whether there is a 'pecking order' in selection for the number 10 shirt)

"Well, obviously there's a pecking order that's in existence, if you like from the Autumn series. Our last game was aainst Australia and we played pretty well. George (Ford) played really well in that game and I think he's continued that. Obviously Owen (Farrell) has come back and played well for his club, but all things are open, really. Steve (Myler) and Danny (Cipriani) have both got opportunities to come in and prove that they should be number one. We're very open minded about the whole thing."

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stuart Lancaster, England head coach:

(on whether Danny Cipriani has a place in the England team)

"We've got a whole Six Nations period to go and a whole World Cup camp to go and he's 27 years old. I mean, he's the same age as a lot of our lads. They've all come through together and I see Danny being around for hopefully the next two, three, four years and so the battle continues as to who's going to get that shirt. but it will all come down ultimately, not to previous reputation or what people have done in the past, it will come down to who is delivering week in, week out for their clubs and that's how we'll judge it."

10. 03:16 End of news conference

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Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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SNTV Rugby Shanghai
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Summary: Webb Ellis World Cup trophy tour continues in China
Story No: 1023710
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Date: 12/11/2014 10:00 AM
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The Webb Ellis trophy arrived in Shanghai on Thursday (11 December) as part of its world tour ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

Introducing the trophy at an event held at a local rugby club, former England team captain and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio said the tour was "about taking the trophy to places it wouldn't ordinarily get to".

"It's been very well received here in Asia," he added. "And there is a huge amount of excitement building towards the World Cup itself."

Dallaglio and former World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Ollie Phillips then held a training session with children from a number of local schools.

Earlier in the day Phillips also took part in a challenge organised by DHL - one of the World Cup's sponsors.

The event, dubbed the "Rugby vs the World Challenge," saw Phillips compete in games against Zhang Yi, a former China national Kung Fu team member and Shaolin fist master.

"The whole point of it is to promote the Rugby World Cup that is coming to the UK," Phillips said after beating Zhang in a game that involved carrying a ping pong ball balanced on chopsticks around a small obstacle course.

Shanghai is the 11th of 15 stops on the trophy's world tour that has already included Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Fiji, Madagascar, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, USA and the UAE.

The Webb Ellis Cup will spend two days in Shanghai and on Friday (12 December) will visit some of the city's most famous landmarks.

The tour is the first time the prize has been taken around the globe, according to organisers.

The 2015 World Cup will be held in England, running from 18 September until 31 October.

Shanghai, China. 11 December 2014

1. 00:00 Lawrence Dallaglio, former England captain and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, on stage presenting the Rugby World Cup trophy, the Webb Ellis Cup, at an event in Shanghai

2. 00:06 Dallaglio and trophy on stage, Land Rover in foreground

3. 00:11 Pan of audience, including schoolchildren from local schools, to Dallaglio on stage

4. 00:18 Close of schoolchild wearing Rugby World Cup branded shirt

5. 00:23 Various of Dallaglio, schoolchildren and others on stage with trophy posing for photograph

6. 00:30 Cutaway of media and audience

7. 00:35 SOUNDBITE (English) Lawrence Dallaglio, former England captain and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner:

"It is about taking the trophy to places it wouldn't ordinarily get to. I think it is a fairly impressive piece of goldware, I was about to say. Yeah, listen it's been very well received here in Asia. We were in Hong Kong a couple of days ago and now over here in Shanghai and there is a huge amount of excitement building towards the World Cup itself."

8. 00:59 Mid of trophy on stage

9. 01:04 Low angle of Ollie Phillips, World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year 2007, and schoolchildren, taking part in rugby drills

10. 01:08 Reverse of Phillips being handed ball and doing drill

11. 01:13 Wide pan of school children doing rugby drills

12. 01:18 Phillips handing ball to schoolgirl

13. 01:21 Rugby balls on grass, schoolchildren in background

14. 01:25 Phillips and Zhang Yi, former China national Kung Fu team member and Shaolin fist master, shaking hands before challenge

15. 01:32 Rugby World Cup sign in foreground, Phillips and Zhang in background performing challenge

16. 01:36 Phillips carrying ping pong ball on chopsticks around trophy

17. 01:41 Cutaway of media

18. 01:45 Zhang and Phillips during challenge

19. 01:48 Phillips dropping ping pong ball in bowl to win challenge

20. 01:51 Tilt up of Phillips and Zhang during interview

21. 01:57 Close of trophy

22. 02:01 SOUNDBITE (English) Ollie Phillips, World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year 2007:

"The whole point of it is to promote the Rugby World Cup that is coming to the UK in... next year, in September next year, with the vision that we want to try and encourage as many people to get involved in playing rugby and to come over to the UK to watch and be involved in what we believe will be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date."

23. 02:22 Pan of Phillips and Zhang posing for photographs

24. 02:28 Pan of woman taking photograph of trophy

25. 02:33 Close of trophy

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SNTV Rugby Wales
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Summary: Wales get ready to entertain Wallabies
Story No: 1021931
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Date: 11/07/2014 01:23 PM
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Wales will be looking for their first win over Australia in six years on Saturday (8th November) in the opening test of their four game Autumn series. Warren Gatland's squad trained at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Friday (7th November) and will face the Wallabies again in the pool stage of next year's World Cup.

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With less than a 12 months to go until the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Wales take on Australia on Saturday knowing that the next time they face the Wallabies will be in the pool stages of next year's tournament.

The Welsh have a dismal recent record against Australia having not won since 2008 and losing their last nine tests versus the Wallabies.

Those statistics don't quite tell the whole story though - Wales' last four matches against Australia have been lost by an average of under three points.

With the World Cup encounter less than a year away, forwards coach Robin McBride admits a win over the Wallabies this weekend would act as a huge confidence boost for the squad.

"It speaks volumes that we've in positions to win these games on several occasions so we've got to look at that as a positive. Obviously the negative is that we haven't been able to maintain that up until the final whistle. It's important, it would be great if we can get a win tomorrow. That's going to give our confidence a massive boost for the remainder of the series," said McBride on Friday.

"It's something we haven't done for a number of years. It's important in the short term, long term I think there's a lot of rugby to be played between now and the next time we face Australia in the World Cup, a lot of things can happen as we're all aware of with regards to the rugby. If we can get a win tomorrow it's going to really boost our confidence," he added.

The game will mark Michael Cheika's first test as Australia head coach and McBride said he expects the Wallabies to adopt the new coach's style of play quickly.

"Well obviously the the license to play is evident. The players will obviously play with that license with that freedom to go out and play which suits the Australians really, that's their game. They've got so many threats, they're going to make line breaks, it's how we react really and how we regather ourselves and stand up to the challenge," said McBride.

Wales' Jake Ball will also get his first chance to take on the Wallabies having emigrated to Australia from the UK at the 17 before signing for Scarlets aged 21 in 2012.

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, UK. 7th November, 2014.

1. 00:00 Wide of Millennium Stadium pitch

2. 00:05 Full back Leigh Halfpenny jogging

3. 00:10 Captain Sam Warburton and Jamie Roberts pass a ball

4. 00:17 George North and Rhodri Jones

5. 00:23 Jake Ball warms up

6. 00:31 Rhys Webb at training

7. 00:36 Head coach Warren Gatland

8. 00:46 SOUNDBITE: (English) Robin McBride, Wales forwards coach (on Wales' recent poor record versus Australia):

"Well the focus is on what we can do better. It speaks volumes that we've in positions to win these games on several occasions so we've got to look at that as a positive. Obviously the negative is that we haven't been able to maintain that up until the final whistle. It's important, it would be great if we can get a win tomorrow. That's going to give our confidence a massive boost for the remainder of the series. It's something we haven't done for a number of years, winning the opening game for instance. It's important in the short term, long term I think there's a lot of rugby to be played between now and the next time we face Australia in the World Cup, a lot of things can happen as we're all aware of with regards to the rugby. If we can get a win tomorrow it's going to really boost our confidence for the remainder (of the year)."

9. 01:49 Jamie Roberts during a training drill

10. 01:56 Halfpenny and Webb running

11. 02:05 Warburton running

12. 02:14 SOUNDBITE: (English) Robin McBride, Wales forwards coach (on his expectations of Michael Cheika's Australia):

"Well obviously the the license to play is evident, I know it was a Barbarians fixture the last game but it's also with the (New South Wales) Waratahs and his success in Northern hemisphere rugby as well. The players will obviously play with that license with that freedom to go out and play which suits the Australians really, that's their game. They've got so many threats, they're going to make line breaks, it's how we react really and how we regather ourselves and stand up to the challenge."

13. 02:50 McBride looks on with the Wales coaching staff

14. 02:57 Pan of Wales players

15. 03:10 Closing wide of squad

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SNTV Rugby England
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Summary: England look ahead to Autumn internationals.
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Date: 10/28/2014 04:59 PM
People: Stuart Lancaster
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England second row George Kruis said on Tuesday (28th October) that he believes that New Zealand are "the ones to beat", but ahead of their Autumn international against the All Blacks next week added "we want to take them and take that pedestal".

Saracens second row George Kruis was one of three uncapped players named in England's 33-man elite player squad for the Autumn internationals.

He faces some stiff competition to get a starting slot, as he vies with established pair Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury, along with Dave Attwood, who's been a regular in the matchday squads.

Kruis is fully aware of the task he faces to propel himself into the team and said on Tuesday (28th October) that he had to "keep my head down and put my hand up".

England have a busy Autumn international schedule, they face New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia on consecutive weekends.

First up at Twickenham is the All Blacks on November 8th and Kruis revealed the determination within the England camp to get a win over the defending World Cup champions and current Rugby Championship holders.

"I think they're the ones to beat at the moment, but you know, we want to take them and take that pedestal I guess." Kruis said and added "they're very good across the board, you know, they're natural rugby players and they've got a good set piece. It will be an awesome game, but there are areas which we can target and we will be looking to do that".

With the Rugby World Cup less than a year away, the Autumn internationals are an opportunity to lay a marker ahead of England hosting the tournament.

"If we can win these four games and get the crowd really behind us, that will take it right through to the World Cup", Kruis stated.

Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, England. 28th October, 2014.

1. 00:00 Wide shot of Pennyhill Park training pitch.

2. 00:06 James Haskell arrives for training.

3. 00:13 Dylan Hartley, Brad Barritt and Dave Attwood arrive for training.

4. 00:20 Chris Robshaw walks onto training pitch.

5. 00:26 Mid shot of George Kruis and Courtney Lawes.

6. 00:41 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Kruis, England second row (Q: With the likes of Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury and Dave Attwood in the squad, the competition to get into the second row is quite tough?) "Yeah there's three very well established second rows there, Attwood, Courtney Lawes and Launchbury. But there are other one's Graeme Kitchener, Christian Day, two very good second rows. So yeah, I am very happy I've been selected, I've just got to put my hand up now, keep my head down and put my hand up."

7. 01:04 Mid shot of Chris Robshaw.

8. 01:16 Wide shot of George Kruis.

9. 01:22 Wide shot of England training.

10. 01:27 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Kruis, England second row (Q: New Zealand first up in the Autumn internationals, it doesn't get much tougher?) "Yeah huge, I think they're the ones to beat at the moment, but you know, we want to take them and take that pedestal I guess."

11. 01:39 Tracking shot of Semesa Rokoduguni.

12. 01:49 Close up of England squad warming up.

13. 01:53 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Kruis, England second row (Q: What is it about New Zealand that you're going to have to try and counter?) "I guess the difficulties - they're very good across the board, you know, they're natural rugby players and they've got a good set piece. It will be an awesome game, but there are areas which we can target and we will be looking to do that."

14. 02:12 Tracking shot of Dylan Hartley

15. 02:20 Wide shot of England squad stretching.

16. 02:26 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Kruis, England second row (Q: When you look at the New Zealand pack with the likes of Kieran Read and Richie McCaw, they are quite formidable?) "Yeah you said it, they've got players dotted throughout their squad which are unbelievable talents, but we will be looking to nullify that and take it from there really."

17. 02:41 Wide shot of Stuart Lancaster with Andy Farrell and Graeme Rowntree

18. 02:50 SOUNDBITE: (English) George Kruis, England second row (Q: How important is it to perform in this Autumn internationals with the World Cup less than a year away?) "Yeah you've got it absolutely right there, you know if we can win these four games and get the crowd really behind us, that will take it right through to the World Cup.

Q: And has there been much talk about the World Cup or do you just focus on game-by-game?

"Yeah there is a game by game mentality, but you know the overall end game is the World Cup and yeah a definite game-by-game mentality."

19. 03:18 Tracking shot of Owen Farrell.

20. 03:28 Wide shot of England squad in huddle.

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People: Stuart Lancaster
Locations: Bagshot, England, United Kingdom
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SNTV Rugby World Cup
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Summary: World's largest scrum attempt as tickets for World Cup go on sale
Story No: 1018654
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Date: 09/12/2014 05:30 PM
People: Warren Gatland
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A new record for the world's biggest scrum was set at Twickenham Stadium on Friday (September 12th) - the day tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 went on sale.

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With just over a year to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, around one-million tickets for the event went on sale on Friday.

To mark the occasion, World Cup organisers staged an attempt to break the world record for the biggest scrum.

A total of 1008 participants - including World Cup winners Phil Vickery, Will Greenwood and Lawrence Dallaglio and current England stars Dylan Hartley and Alex Corbisiero - took part in the uncontested scrum at Twickenham Stadium, breaking the previous record of 946.

Former All Blacks scrum-half Piri Weepu had the honour of putting in the ball, while fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland - the coach of Wales - hooked it back to complete the scrum.

After helping to set the new world record, Debbie Jevans - England Rugby 2015's Chief Executive - outlined the measures that organisers have put in place in an attempt to keep World Cup tickets off the black market:

"We are holding a ballot that will stop that happening and we're limiting the number per person to four. Also behind the scenes there is a lot of data that we are looking at with Ticketmaster as our partner."

Jevans added: "We'll be sending the tickets out late and the police are also working alongside us so that if there is any fraudulent activity then they have the ability to act."

Rugby World Cup 2015 will be staged at 12 venues across England and at the Millennium Stadium in Wales, with England facing Fiji in the opening match at Twickenham on September 18th.

Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England - September 12th, 2014.

1. 00:00 Wide of world record participants walking on to pitch

2. 00:08 Wide tilt down from sky to participants lined up for record attempt

3. 00:14 Wide pan of participants

4. 00:21 Close tilt down of England World Cup winner Phil Vickery signing an autograph

5. 00:27 Mid of world record attempt - Piri Weepu puts in the ball and participants cheer after new world record is set

6. 00:41 SOUNDBITE: (English) Warren Gatland, Wales coach (on taking part in the world record attempt):

"I think it's just a nice way to kick off 12 months before the World Cup starts, tickets go on sale, so yes, a little bit of fun and a nice honour for me to be hooking that ball back."

7. 00:56 Mid of Debbie Jevans (England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive), Phil Vickery, Dylan Hartley, Warren Gatland and Piri Weepu

8. 01:00 SOUNDBITE: (English) Debbie Jevans, England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive (on how organisers will stop World Cup tickets from reaching the black market):

"We've taken a number of steps and I think the first thing is the fact that we have a ballot. Any matches that are over subscribed are going to ballots and if you look historically, one of the challenges that there is where touts have their bots and you see tickets sold out five minutes after they go on sale and ten minutes later you see them on a secondary ticket market. We are holding a ballot that will stop that happening and we're limiting the number per person to four. Also behind the scenes there is a lot of data that we are looking at with Ticketmaster as our partner. Allying to that we're offering a re-sale platform whereby fans can sell those, tickets back to other fans at face value. We'll be sending the tickets out late and the police are also working alongside us so that if there is any fraudulent activity then they have the ability to act."

9. 01:50 Close tilt down of Piri Weepu

10. 01:56 SOUNDBITE: (English) Piri Weepu, Former New Zealand scrum half (asked if any team is capable of beating New Zealand in a World Cup) :

"If you, get everything right as a squad and as a team, then there's no reason why you can't, beat the team that's number one, because there's so much expectation on them, with rankings, but the way I saw it when I was with the team was, I've never worried about rankings, it's about going out there and making sure that you do the job week in, week out."

11. 02:25 Mid of Dylan Hartley and Warren Gatland

12. 02:31 SOUNDBITE: (English) Dylan Hartley, England hooker:

"It is a long season and the World Cup's right at the end of all that. So, I think the important thing is to stay focused on the here and now, so playing well for my club, and that leads into being selected and it all goes from there. So, the World Cup's coming, I'm hugely excited about it, but as a player it's more about the here and now."

13. 02:55 Cutaway of Rugby World Cup 2015 sign with England captain Chris Robshaw

14. 03:00 SOUNDBITE: (English) Maggie Alphonsi, England woman's rugby team flanker (on what the England men's team have to do to match their female counterparts' World Cup success):

"Well, to be fair I think for the guys, just got to keep doing what they are doing now because at the moment they are performing really well. So you had the Summer Tests and they came really close there to taking on the guys (New Zealand) and obviously next step for them is really taking on Autumn internationals and watching the Championship Rugby, the Southern Hemisphere teams are playing really well, but my biggest advice to the guys is just obviously you're at your home country, you've got all the support behind you, everyone is backing you and just go out and do what you do best."

15. 03:26 SOUNDBITE: (French) Serge Betsen, Former France flanker:

"A year away from the World Cup it's hard for me to predict how France will play but I am very excited and motivated to see the French team do well and indeed win this tournament that we have never won since this competition was created in (19)87."

16. 03:54 Wide tilt down from sky to participants at end of world record attempt.

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SNTV Rugby Brown
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Date: 09/09/2014 06:38 PM
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England full back Mike Brown believes Stuart Lancaster's side have a "realistic opportunity" of getting to the IRB 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

Mike Brown was one of England's stars last season, it included being named Player of the Championship for the 2014 Six Nations.

The full back will be looking for another good season as he looks to nail down his starting spot in Stuart Lancaster's team with the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup on the horizon.

"I think something as big as a World Cup, especially in the home country is always at the back of your mind, it's what you work hard for, that's why you're out on the training field as much as you can be working on every aspect of your game. So to be an English player, you know, at this time is great feeling" Brown said on Tuesday (9th September).

The Harlequins player believes that England have a good chance of success in the World Cup and thinks the fans have a major part to play.

"It's great to have that support, it gives you...it spurs you on and makes us want to achieve even more. You know we're a team with a realistic opportunity of getting to that final and hopefully winning it. It's in our home country so we're massively excited, every English player is and every English player wants to be part of it. So hopefully I can be part of it, but it starts here, working hard on days like today with Quins and then putting in performances at the weekend" the 29-year-old stated.

England's summer tour to New Zealand ended in a 3-0 series defeat and Brown is itching for the November internationals to make amends.

"We want to right a few wrongs against New Zealand in that first game and then also show what we can do against the other top teams as well."

England start their November internationals with the All Blacks, followed by South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

In the meantime Brown's focus is on his club side Harlequins, they face London rivals Saracens on Friday (12th September), looking to avenge their 31-17 Premiership semi-final defeat from last season.

"It's just another game, another weekend and a lot has changed since then, we've worked on different things. Hopefully we can improve on what let us down that day, but not too much chat about that day" Brown insisted.

Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, England - 9th September 2014.

1. 00:00 Close up of Mike Brown at Harlequins training

2. 00:09 Mid shot of Danny Care and Mike Brown

3. 00:15 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Brown, England and Harlequins full back (Q: With a little over a year to go to the Rugby World Cup is it at the back of your mind every time you play?) "I think something as big as a World Cup, especially in the home country is always at the back of your mind, it's what you work hard for, that's why you're out on the training field as much as you can be working on every aspect of your game. So to be an English player, you know, at this time is great feeling. But yeah once you put on the shirt on matchday for Quins, you're just focussing on your job, what you need to do to help the team come away with a win."

4. 00:43 Wide shot of Harlequins squad in a huddle

5. 00:47 Wide shot of squad running including Joe Marler and Danny Care

6. 00:59 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Brown, England and Harlequins full back (Q: How much expectancy among fans do you think is on England to deliver World Cup success?) "Definitely, we've had great support, especially in the Six Nations, it's great to have that support, it gives you...it spurs you on and makes us want to achieve even more. You know we're a team with a realistic opportunity of getting to that final and hopefully winning it. It's in our home country so we're massively excited, every English player is and every English player wants to be part of it. So hopefully I can be part of it, but it starts here, working hard on days like today with Quins and then putting in performances at the weekend."

7. 01:33 Mid shot of Harlequins squad including Nick Evans, Nick Easter and Chris Robshaw

8. 01:45 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Brown, England and Harlequins full back (Q: How important is the Autumn in terms of World Cup preparation, with matches against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia?) "Yeah definitely and we also have Samoa, who are going to be a tough opponent as well. Yeah all four games are going to be physical, players at the top of their game, so it will be a great test for us to see where we are at. We were disappointed after the summer tour (to New Zealand) not to come away with a win after pushing them really close. So we want to right a few wrongs against New Zealand in that first game and then also show what we can do against the other top teams as well."

9. 02:16 Mid shot of Marland Yarde

10. 02:25 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mike Brown, England and Harlequins full back (Q: You play Saracens on Friday, has there been mention of last years Premiership semi-final in team meetings ahead of the game?) "Not really, we put that to bed after the game and the start of pre-season, so yeah it's just another game, another weekend and a lot has changed since then, we've worked on different things. Hopefully we can improve on what let us down that day, but yeah not too much chat about that day."

11. 02:47 Close up of Mike Brown talking on his mobile

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Locations: Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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SNTV Rugby Robshaw
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England rugby captain Chris Robshaw told SNTV on Tuesday (9th September) that he hopes the home spirit that was seen during the 2012 Olympic Games in London will help propel the tournament hosts to glory in the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup and said he wants to make Twickenham stadium "a real fortress" for England.

With the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup a little over a year away it's a big season for England rugby captain Chris Robshaw, as he attempts to lead the tournament hosts to glory.

September 18th will mark one year to go, when England take on Fiji at Twickenham in opening match of the World Cup.

Robshaw hopes that rugby fever will grip the country in the same way as the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

"We want to go out there and deliver, especially like you said being at home, being at Twickenham and you want to make that home a real fortress. You look at the power and ability of what the Olympics did to the nation and how everyone got behind them and that excitement and hopefully we can create that kind of buzz as well" Robshaw said.

Robshaw mentioned making Twickenham a "fortress" several times during his interview with SNTV on Tuesday (9th September) and the Harlequins flanker believes the Autumn internationals are a big opportunity to do so, particularly as New Zealand, South Africa and Australia all visit in November, along with Samoa.

"Yeah all the big boys are coming then, like you said, and of course everyone wants to play at Twickenham don't they. They want to get that familiarity with the pitch and they want to think and know that they can win there. But as a home nation you need to make it an extremely hard place to play, you need to put a couple of markers down, like you said and get a lot of wins and create that kind of fortress feel, that so when people do come in the World Cup, hopefully they have that in the back of their minds" the 28-year-old added.

Robshaw thinks that defending World champions New Zealand are "definitely the team to beat at the moment" and cited their impressive attacking play.

"I think what separates them at the moment from everyone else in world rugby is how clinical they are, if they get an opportunity more often than not they take that and that's what we found out first hand" he stated.

The England flanker has relinquished his role as captain of club side Harlequins, with prop Joe Marler taking the role, and Robshaw said it had been discussed for a long time with Quins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea.

For Robshaw he is just focussing on his club form and next up is London rivals Saracens, the side who beat Harlequins in the Premiership semi-final last year.

"They've had it over us, kind of in the last number of years, I think we've beaten them once in the last ten appearances or so. So we have to make sure we play sensibly and make sure we execute our game plan and stick to it."

Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, England - 9th September 2014.

1. 00:00 Wide shot of Harlequins training

2. 00:05 Mid shot of Chris Robshaw during Harlequins training

3. 00:14 SOUNDBITE: (English) Chris Robshaw, England captain (Q: As captain of England do you feel under pressure as there is a lot of expectancy on England going into the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup?) "I think there is always pressure on England isn't there, for a nation and for a rugby proud nation. We want to go out there and deliver, especially like you said being at home, being at Twickenham and you want to make that home a real fortress. You look at the power and ability of what the Olympics did to the nation and how everyone got behind them and that excitement and hopefully we can create that kind of buzz as well."

4. 00:40 Mid shot of Robshaw during training

5. 00:48 SOUNDBITE: (English) Chris Robshaw, England captain (Q: With New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia coming during the Autumn do you see it as a chance to lay down a marker ahead of the World Cup?) "Yeah all the big boys are coming then, like you said, and of course everyone wants to play at Twickenham don't they. They want to get that familiarity with the pitch and they want to think and know that they can win there. But as a home nation you need to make it an extremely hard place to play, you need to put a couple of markers down, like you said and get a lot of wins and create that kind of fortress feel, that so when people do come in the World Cup, hopefully they have that in the back of their minds."

6. 01:15 Wide shot of England scrum half Danny Care

7. 01:28 SOUNDBITE: (English) Chris Robshaw, England captain (Q: Do you think New Zealand are the favourites for the World Cup?) "I think they're definitely the team to beat at the moment aren't they. I think since the (2011) World Cup they've lost one game and that's an incredible record, I'm not sure how close it is to being the best record of all time in rugby union, but I think it speaks a huge amount of volumes for itself. I think what separates them at the moment from everyone else in world rugby is how clinical they are, if they get an opportunity more often than not they take that and that's what we found out first hand."

8. 01:58 Close up of Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea

9. 02:05 Mid shot of Chris Robshaw and Joe Marler

10. 02:16 SOUNDBITE: (English) Chris Robshaw, England captain (Q: Joe Marler took over as captain at Harlequins from you, was that something you requested due to it being a busy year for you internationally?) "It's something that myself and Conor (O'Shea) had actually spoken about for quite a number of time and it had kind of been there in the back of our minds and when we sat down and spoke about it again and we came to the conclusion that it would be the best decision, kind of for myself moving forward. I think with Conor he's always had that ability to see the bigger picture, something potentially that other DOR's (Director's of Rugby) or whatever, whether it's resting guys and stuff, he tends to see it and more often than not he makes the right call."

11. 02:48 Mid shot of Robshaw during Harlequins training

12. 03:04 SOUNDBITE: (English) Chris Robshaw, England captain (Q: You lost to Saracens in the Premiership semi-final last year, it's a massive game on Friday so early in the season?) "Yeah it is and it's always huge whenever we play Sarries. They've had it over us, kind of in the last number of years, I think we've beaten them once in the last ten appearances or so. So we have to make sure we play sensibly and make sure we execute our game plan and stick to it."

13. 03:24 Mid shot of Robshaw

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SNTV Rugby Carter
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Dan Carter looked ahead on Wednesday (16 April) to the 2015 Rugby World Cup as he prepared to get back in to training after a short sabbatical from the game.

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For Dan Carter, the Rugby World Cup represents unfinished business.

The New Zealand fly half was speaking in London on Wednesday (16 April) as a brand ambassador for Mastercard who have been announced as one of the sponsorship partners for the 2015 tournament.

Carter is in the midst of a six-month break from the game to ensure he is in prime shape - both physically and mentally - to help the All Blacks defend the World Cup when the tournament gets underway in September 2015.

It would be an impressive fourth World Cup campaign for the player.

He was new to the side which lost to Australia in the 2003 semi-final, and a star of the pre-tournament favourites who crashed out to a mercurial French side in the 2007 quarter-finals.

While New Zealand triumphed on home soil in 2011, Carter's personal involvement was restricted to the early stages due to a groin injury sustained in training.

The 32-year-old watched them lift the Webb Ellis Trophy for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1987 from the sidelines, an experience that he admits left him with mixed emotions.

No side has ever successfully defended the World Cup, and Carter believes that creating history in that way is some added motivation for the current crop of All Blacks.

Although his previous World Cup experience may have fallen short of his personal targets, the number ten has long been established as one of the best players in the world.

A decade of playing on the international stage is a record that speaks for itself.

He became the fifth All Black to reach the landmark of 100 international caps in November 2013, when New Zealand beat England 30-22 at Twickenham.

While he was keen to play down the achievement and focus on the the team at the time, Carter has since admitted that it was a very proud moment not least because becoming an All Black had been a long held dream.

With rugby players seeking to prolong their careers as far as possible, player welfare has been in the headlines of late, not least the regulations regarding concussion.

International Rugby Board CEO Brett Gosper described it as "a very emotive issue", but believed rugby leads the way in terms of diagnostics and protocols surrounding it, and that player welfare remains the top concern.

London, England, UK. 16 April 2014.

1. 00:00 Dan Carter with rugby ball and the Webb Ellis Trophy

2. 00:04 Close pan up of Carter

3. 00:10 SOUNDBITE: (English) Dan Carter, New Zealand:

(Q: Do you consider the Rugby World Cup unfinished business given New Zealand's early exits in 2003 and 2007 and your injury in 2011)

"I hope so. I haven't had a lot of success come World Cup time. I've achieved a lot in my career, but have never really had a lot of success come World Cup time and that's why 2011 was really mixed emotions for me. I was so proud of the team, and actually felt involved and part of winning the World Cup which was great. But to not be there in the play off stage, it's why I play the game, to play on the biggest stage and there's no bigger stage than the World Cup final, so that was frustrating, but at the same time it's added a little bit of motivation to continue to work hard and be a part of the 2015 All Blacks squad."

4. 00:58 Pull out from Carter

5. 01:04 SOUNDBITE: (English) Dan Carter, New Zealand:

(Q: What was behind your decision to take your sabbatical from the game?)

"I've had a few injuries over the last couple of years, so it was a chance just to step back and work hard on my body, so the last few months I've been training really hard just to get on top of my little niggles, just to mentally freshen up and when I return to play in July it's only between 12 and 14 months until the World Cup. For the motivation, the longer I have off the more motivated I am to return to play, so at times I have to hold myself back, but I know that in the long term it's going to pay dividends. So I've really had a good time on my sabbatical, but the next couple of months are going to be pretty tough in terms of really stepping up my training which should be great."

6. 01:50 Carter

7. 02:00 SOUNDBITE: (English) Dan Carter, New Zealand:

(Q: How proud were you to reach the milestone of 100 New Zealand caps?)

"Now that I've had a chance to have a bit of a rest and reflect a bit more on that week and that game, it's a very proud moment. A dream of mine was always to play for the All Blacks and the fact that I've been able to play one hundred Test matches for them is a really proud moment and it's not the end. Hopefully there are a few more games to go."

8. 02:24 Carter kicking the ball

9. 02:29 Carter with Brett Gosper, CEO of the International Rugby Board

10. 02:39 SOUNDBITE: (English) Brett Gosper, CEO of the International Rugby Board:

"Well concussion is a very emotive issue and we have what we believed to be leading edge protocols in that area, leading more sporting federations in contact sports and so on, and as we learn we will evolve. But we will make sure that player welfare is at the very top of our priority and it's true that concussion is a big subject and we'll deal with it in the best way possible to ensure player welfare."

11. 03:05 Close pan from Webb Ellis trophy to Carter

12. 03:11 SOUNDBITE: (English) Dan Carter, New Zealand:

(Q: No country has ever successfully defending the World Cup. How big a challenge do you see that being?)

"A number of teams could win the World Cup next year, but the fact that no team has done in twice (in succession) there's a reason for that because it's a pretty tough thing to do. So it's something that we really want to do and we're working extremely hard. We love making history and doing new things so it's going to be a real goal for us."

13. 03:49 Carter with the Webb Ellis trophy

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Jonny Wilkinson helped the England Organising Committee for the 2015 Rugby World Cup launch its volunteering programme for next year's tournament on Wednesday (12th February) - the former England fly-half and 2003 RWC winner promoted 'the Pack' at Grasshoppers RFC in west London.

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The England Rugby 2015 Organising Committee launched 'The Pack' - the volunteer programme for the 2015 Rugby World Cup - with the help of former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson on Wednesday.

Represented by Chief Executive Debbie Jevans, the Organising committee announced The Pack will be made up of 6,000 volunteers and have a variety of roles will be available throughout the six-week tournament including transport, meet and greet, accreditation and way-finding.

Wilkinson, who famously kicked England to World Cup victory in 2003, said that volunteering at the World Cup was of great importance.

The Toulon fly-half said, "The importance of volunteering at all levels from junior, in clubs, to the very highest level at the World Cup - nothing gets done without it. Things don't magically happen."

"They're real team members, they're the force behind it. The World Cup is exactly like that. You've got guys making it tick, making it great, making it a hell of an experience," he continued.

Jevans, who was part of the Local Organising Committee for the last Olympics likened The Pack to the Games Makers who played a key part in the success of London two years ago saying, "The Games Makers were called that for a reason and we've called our volunteers 'The Pack' because if you look at a pack on a rugby field it can drive that team forward and our volunteers, the pack, are going to help us drive forward the delivery in 2015."

Recruitment will begin on 17th March.

Grasshoppers RFC, Osterley, UK.12th February, 2014.

1. 00:00 Wide of Jonny Wilkinson with Grasshoppers players.

2. 00:08 Close-up of Wilkinson.

3. 00:18 SOUNDBITE: (English) Jonny Wilkinson, Toulon fly-half and former England international (on volunteerism in rugby):

"The importance of volunteering at all levels from junior, in clubs, to the very highest level at the World Cup - nothing gets done without it. Things don't magically happen. Guys have dedicated themselves so that other people can do what they love doing and make it easier for them - that's what being part of a team is. They're real team members, they're the force behind it. The World Cup is exactly like that. You've got guys making it tick, making it great, making it a hell of an experience. And also it's great because they get up close and personal in terms of the emotional side of it. They get to feel a bit more of what it's like behind the scenes. I've spent time with them when they've been kicking balls back forth with me, I've seen them in and around the changing rooms just before and after games, welcoming teams before and after, when they arrive at hotels. You get to see and feel the truth behind the real truth of rugby which is the team stuff. Which is what happens all the time - not just on the field for 80 minutes but the real sort of gold dust of it."

4. 01:27 Pan out of Debbie Jevans, Jonny Wilkinson and volunteers.

5. 01:36 SOUNDBITE: (English) Debbie Jevans, England 2015 chief executive:

"If you look back at 2012 (and the London Olympics) the Games Makers were called that for a reason and we've called our volunteers 'The Pack' because if you look at a pack on a rugby field it can drive that team forward and our volunteers, the pack, are going to help us drive forward the delivery in 2015."

6. 01:57 Jevans and Wilkinson with the Webb Ellis Trophy.

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