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Schools take part in Rugby World Cup record attempt

Pupils take part in a world record attempt Credit: ITV News Anglia

Some of the pupils taking part in the world record attempt for the largest game of Tag Rugby at Luton Rugby Club, Bedfordshire.

The event was part of today's launch of the Festival of Rugby, marking 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup.

Nearly thirty schools from Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire were involved.

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World Cup dream comes true in front of the entire school

A schoolboy from Northamptonshire had the surprise of his life today when he was told in front of his entire school he had been chosen to be a Rugby World Cup mascot.

He wasn't told by just anyone - Northampton Saints and Welsh rugby star George North turned up to break the news to 10-year-old Rhys Hamber during the school's morning assembly.

Rugby-mad Rhys can now look forward to a once in a lifetime opportunity which will put him at the very heart of the biggest occasion in the rugby calendar.

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10-year-old Rhys gets World Cup surprise in front of school classmates

Rhys Hamber after his World Cup surprise from George North from Northampton Saints Credit: ITV News Anglia

From the look on his face you'd think 10-year-old Rhys was being hauled in front of the school to be told off. Instead he found out he been selected as a World Cup mascot.

Rhys Hamber was surprised during his school assembly by Northampton Saints and Welsh rugby star George North.

Rhys will be one of 96 young mascots at the Rugby World Cup taking place in England and Wales in September and October.

Rhys Hamber with George North from Northampton Saints Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV News Anglia


Volunteers try out to join 'The Pack' in Milton Keynes

Hundreds of people will arrive in Milton Keynes today hoping to become an official volunteer for Rugby World Cup 2015.

Jonny Wilkinson launched the campaign earlier this year Credit:

More than 20,000 people applied for the try outs which are being held across the country, but only 6,000 will be selected. The volunteers - known as The Pack - will welcome rugby fans to the match venues, which includes Stadium MK.

Tickets for Rugby World Cup matches at Stadium MK go on sale

Stadium MK, where three Rugby World Cup matches will take place. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup go on sale at 10am today - with three of the matches being played in Milton Keynes.

Up to one million tickets for all 48 matches will be put on general sale with over-subscribed games going to a ballot.

The matches coming to Stadium MK include France versus Canada and Samoa against Japan.

Fans are being warned not to buy tickets from illegal touts.

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