Today I drove down to Twickenham to pick up my Rugby World Cup Media Accreditation and attend a media briefing.
It was an early start leaving at 5am to try and beat the majority of the traffic heading to London, however I still got caught in it and ended up driving for over 4 hours to get to Twickenham. Approaching Twickenham Stadium you begin to see some of the Rugby World Cup preparations all coming together. Banners are up and the Rugby World Cup tournament colours are everywhere. It is exciting to be a part of the event.
I had to collect my media accreditation from Richmond College across the road from Twickenham stadium. As part of the accreditation I receive my lanyard with my media pass together with my photographers bib with my unique photo number of 472 and a Rugby World Cup laptop bag and travel coffee mug.
Once I had collected all of this I walked over to the media centre in Twickenham, it is impressive what World Rugby has set up. Three floors dedicated to the media. The ground floor acts as a lounge where we will receive a hot meal on match days. The second floor is a workspace area, with computers, charging points and ethernet cables all ready to go and have huge amounts of data transmitted super fast. The third floor is a conference room where match interviews and other conferences will take place. This is where we had our media briefing today.
The media brief was hosted by a panel consisting of:
- Stephen Brown, Managing Director England 2015
- Bernard Lapasset, Chairman World Rugby
- Brett Gosper, Chief Executive World Rugby
- Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive Rugby Football Union
“We are ready!” – RWC Media Briefing Main Message
The panel addressed the media explaining how ready and prepared England 2015 is. This is going to be the biggest Rugby World Cup in history, both in terms of scale, number of people, ticket sales and social media. It is expected that during the opening game this Friday 18th September there will be more of a social media impact than there was for the entire Rugby World Cup 2011. That is a huge statement and just goes to show how powerful social media is today. Nearly all the tickets for the matches are now sold with only a few remaining. It was great to hear how prepared England are for the Rugby World Cup and I am looking forward to seeing the final stages come together ready to shoot the opening match on Friday.