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A weekend of ups and downs

WP_20141115_015It was a very busy few days for me at Twickenham with lots of positives although we all felt disappointment at England’s loss to South Africa.

My weekend started on Thursday evening with a meeting with the RWC 2015 workforce team bringing us up to date with volunteer recruitment and training.  Important for me was how we were planning to give the 10,000 volunteer role applicants the opportunity to volunteer for their local clubs. A bonus was a sneak preview of the kit volunteers will wear but I am sworn to secrecy about the details until the formal launch.

Next day was the Council meeting which stated at 9:30am but like the last one finished by 2pm giving us an unexpected afternoon off and the chance to catch up with some of the RFU staff in the office.

Saturday was Game Day and I was particularly excited as Eastern Counties were hosting drinks in the West Car {ark before and after the game.  We were set up soon after 12 noon and gradually people from member clubs drifted along and soon the beer generously provided by Greene King was flowing.  We saw people from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk clubs but all to soon it was 2pm and we had to pack up to get into the ground for kick off.

DSC04643 It was another frustrating game to watch knowing that, like the previous week, England could have won, but undoubtedly the highlight for me was sitting directly in front of Joost van der Westhuizen. In my opinion the papers have been a little unkind to the coaches and the team but I continue to have faith and fully expect to see England in next year’s World Cup final.

After the final whistle it was back to the car park to serve more wine and beer and have the post-match post-mortem but the atmosphere was optimistic and the concept of Eastern Counties providing beer at selected games will continue.

The players dinner had the usual speeches with Martin Bayfield as an excellent Master of Ceremonies with the players leaving straight after eating to prepare for the following week’s games while I headed for the bars of Richmond with colleagues.

Sunday morning’s RWC Volunteer interviewers meeting was a quiet one thankfully but it was after 1pm when I could finally head home.

A break from Twickenham for me next weekend as I will be staying in the Eastern Counties but the game against Australia the week after will be gaining in importance each approaching day.

Pictures from the day


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