Rugby World Cup will need 48 flagbearers
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.emirates.com/nz/flagbearer
Full terms and conditions are on the site. Entries by July 31.