Kathryn's Experience of Working At The Rugby World Cup 2015

By Kathryn Slade Bluestone Hill View

I first applied when I was still at University and had my interview last summer at the Millennium Stadium. After what seemed like forever I found out in January this year that I had been successful and that I would be joining the Press Operations Team during the tournament. The Press Operations team is responsible for looking after the press and the media while they are working in and around the stadium. It’s a really busy job with a lot of responsibility but it is really rewarding too!

The first game at the Millennium Stadium was between Ireland and Canada on the 26th of September. I started work the day before to help set up the Media Centre and get to know my way around the stadium. The whole of Cardiff was buzzing with excitement ahead of the first game and the streets are all lined with the flags of the competing nations. After my shift I walked around the city to soak up the atmosphere which made me even more excited to be a part of the tournament. The Ball in the Wall at Cardiff Castle is amazing! In the evening I settled in to watch the Opening Ceremony and the first game of the tournament between England and Fiji before getting a good night’s sleep.

Game day was beautiful with a nice sunny morning! I started work at 8:30 and there were already lots of Green shirts in the Capital. Being in the press room is exciting as there are always familiar faces from the TV coming in but I tried my best to remain professional! After all the hard work was done in the morning we were allowed to watch some of the game from the Press Box which was a brilliant opportunity. In the end Ireland won 57 points to 7 and the atmosphere was electric. The Irish were definitely in the party spirit!

On the way home I went to the Fan Zone to watch South Africa play Japan on the big screens. It might go down as the best game in World Cup History as the underdogs toppled the former world champions by 34 points to 32! The people watching celebrated as though they had won the tournament and so did the team. It was a great example of rugby bringing people from all over the world together!

I was lucky enough to have tickets to Sunday’s game so I got to go with my family. Being on the other side of the stadium was brilliant especially as it was Wales’ first game of the tournament against Uruguay. It was the first time I have watched Wales play at the Millennium Stadium without the pyrotechnics that they usually have but the atmosphere was just as special! There was lots of singing and the best Mexican Wave that I have ever been a part of! Wales won 54 points to 9 and ran in some great tries.

I was back up in Cardiff on Tuesday after a day’s rest from World Cup duty for the Captain’s Run at the Stadium. On the day before the games the teams have a warm up session in front of the press which is followed by a press conference. I was lucky enough to watch Australia and Fiji in the respective warm up sessions and then I helped in the press conference afterwards.

It was time for Game Day on Wednesday! The streets were filled with golden shirts for Australia but there was lots of support for the Fijians too. Before the game I was lucky enough to get a photo with the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup which was on display in the fan zone.

It was a pleasure to work with the press from both of these nations especially the Australian journalist who flew 10,666 miles to do a piece to camera before heading all the way back! It just goes to show how important the tournament is across the world. The atmosphere in the stadium was amazing again and the noise after the teams scored was deafening!

I’ve got a whole week off from the Millennium Stadium now but there is plenty of rugby action on the television to keep me entertained. Next week I have two very exciting games, with Wales playing Fiji and the New Zealand playing Georgia. I can’t wait for Thursday! But first I am looking forward to tomorrow’s game, who will win England or Wales?

When you are staying at Bluestone you can watch the tournament in the Knights Tafarn with delicious food and a refreshing drink!

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