Rugby World Cup will need 48 flag­bear­ers

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Fifty or fewer fine words will help de­ter­mine which lucky young Ki­wis will have the hon­our of lead­ing teams out onto the field dur­ing Rugby World Cup matches this year, bear­ing the teams’ na­tional flags.

Ap­pli­ca­tions have opened for this ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time chance, avail­able to nearly 100 New Zealan­ders be­tween the ages of 14 and 16.

Rugby World Cup 2011 world­wide part­ner Emi­rates Air­line has an­nounced de­tails of a competition among young male and fe­male rugby fans to carry out the na­tional flags of the com­pet­ing teams at 12 sta­dia around New Zealand. They in­clude ex­press­ing in 50 words or fewer why they should be cho­sen.

All but four of the flag­bear­ers for the 48 matches will be drawn from New Zealand. The op­por­tu­nity for the young Ki­wis will in­clude flag­bearer spots for the quar­ter and semi-fi­nals, play-off for third place and the fi­nal it­self, as well as all of the pool matches. One spot in the fi­nal will be re­served for a New Zealand-domi­ciled Sky­surfer (nonadult) mem­ber of the Emi­rates fre­quent flyer club, Sky­wards.

For the pool matches, the competition will be di­vided into re­gions, guar­an­tee­ing lo­cal pro­vin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tion among the teams’ flag­bear­ers.

As well as their own match ticket and on-field par­tic­i­pa­tion, each lucky win­ner of a flag­bearer po­si­tion will re­ceive match tick­ets for two ac­com­pa­ny­ing par­ents or guardians to at­tend the game at which they fly a flag.

The tour­na­ment kicks off on Septem­ber 9.

Ap­pli­cants can en­ter by go­ing onto the Rugby World Cup 2011 Emi­rates flag­bearer page, lo­cated within the main Emi­rates web­site at www.emi­­bearer

Full terms and con­di­tions are on the site. En­tries by July 31.

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