Australia and Tonga capped

The Australia squad received their official 2007 Rugby World Cup caps at a ceremony at Stade Yves du Manoir in Montpellierm on Monday.

The ceremony marked a momentous occasion in the careers of all the players, 16 of whom are making their first appearance at a Rugby World Cup.

Local dignitaries and rugby powerbrokers were on hand to officially welcome the players from Australia and Tonga, with both sides set to reside in Montpellier for the pool stages of the tournament.

Team captains Stirling Mortlock of Australia and Nili Latu of Tonga were also presented with gift baskets of local produce including olives, pesto, red wine and olive oil.

Montpellier mayor Helene Mandroux, World Cup director Claude Atcher and International Rugby Board chairman Syd Millar were among officials who addressed the teams.

Millar thanked the estimated 6,000 volunteers working at the Rugby World Cup, pointing out that their efforts would help make the tournament a success.

“Rugby World Cup would not happen without the volunteer workforce,” said Millar.

“We mustn’t forget the volunteers in rugby football, not just for the world cup.

“They’re the people that keep rugby football going worldwide, the volunteers.”

 

365 Digital

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