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VIDEO – England handed RWC 2015 reins

25 October 2011

  • England handed 2015 World Cup reins by New Zealand
  • 2015 is time for everyone in England to play their part – Greenwood

With the Rugby World Cup over, the four year cycle once again begins. This year's hosts, and eventual winners, New Zealand passed the reins over to England, and England grabbed them with both hands.

World Cup winners Lawrence Dallaglio, Will Greenwood and Ben Kay, as well as England Rugby Junior Supporter Club members and hundreds of school children, were on hand for the video, broadcast across the globe after Sunday's final, demonstrating what the 2015 tournament means to the country.

England flanker James Haskell carries strongly against Argentina on his Rugby World Cup debut

Photo: Getty Images

Will Greenwood said: "The players may change but the passion and will to win will be just the same, and in 2015 England will host rugby's greatest show, and everyone is invited.

"The world will be in union, 2015 is time for everyone in England to play their part."

Cheif Executive of RWC 2015 Paul Vaughan added the following sentiments: "New Zealand will be a hard act to follow, they did a fantastic job and have set the bar high.

"We have around nine million rugby fans in England and we want to help develop the sport as best as possible and engage as many people as we can."

You can listen to the full interview with Paul Vaughan here.

The handover video in detail:

  • Schools – Alexandra J School Hounslow, Amesbury School, St Mary's Henley, Cranford Primary School, St Mary's CE Primary School, Crane Park Primary School, Stanley Primary School, Darell School, Forge Lane Primary
  • JSC members – 55
  • School children – 208