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i-SITE staff train Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers

Date Published: 8 February 2011

The official uniform of RWC 2011.

New Zealand's i-SITE Visitor Centre Network is helping to recruit and train visitor information volunteers for Rugby World Cup 2011.

The network is working with Rugby New Zealand 2011 to support the tournament's Volunteer Programme, which aims to amass a team of more than 5,000 people to assist with the organisation of this year's world cup. The volunteers will join 2,000 match venue staff and RNZ staff on Team 2011 - the core workforce for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Paul Yeo, Executive Manager i-SITE New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand General Manager Tourism Operations, said many volunteers would be posted in areas near venues to offer help, information and travel advice to visitors.

Those volunteers would be offered training from i-SITE staff to help ensure they were ready to provide the best advice possible to international visitors, he said.

"Our friendly i-SITE staff assist international visitors on a daily basis, so they are well placed to help volunteers brush up on their knowledge of all of the amazing sights and experiences New Zealand has to offer."

Rugby World Cup 2011 volunteers will wear the official Team 2011 uniform, unveiled last week at a function attended by Prime Minister John Key at the North Shore Rugby Club in Devonport, Auckland.

The uniform consists of a jacket, polo shirt, rugby jersey and trousers and features distinctive mangopare and koru designs that represent the world coming together in union for Rugby's ultimate contest.