Parliamentary Rugby World Cup 2015
10 September 2015
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The Rugby World Cup is a week away but my attention until the opening game between England and Fiji will be on another competition, the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup. This tournament is held the week before the main RWC and I was lucky enough to go to New Zealand in 2011 with the Parliamentary Lions, a combination of the British and Irish parliamentary teams (click here for more).
This is the sixth Parliamentary World Cup, the first having been staged in South Africa in 1995 as a vehicle to foster international relationships through sport. The UK Parliamentary team, the Commons and Lords RFC, are hosts and will be welcoming reigning champions New Zealand, Australia, France, Argentina, Japan and South Africa. Wales will be represented separately by the Welsh Assembly team. The first round will be played on Sunday at Rugby School with the remaining two rounds at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Tuesday and Thursday.
My role will be to act as an ambassador for the Australian team, a upmarket term for looking after them, making sure that the delegation is in the right pace at the right time, etc. Throughout the week I will be posting scores, blogging about my experiences and posting photos. I will also be tweeting from the games; follow me @Andrew_Sarek
The game comes home: Day One of the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup