Press Release

TNT Express Kick Starts Rugby World Cup 2003 Providing Domestic and International Freight Services

Publish Date : 6 October 2003 at 08:00 CET - TNT Express has been selected by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) as the provider of freight services for Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia, which begins on 10th October. The company will transport equipment for the 20 participating country teams between the 41 hotels and 47 training venues being used across Australia. TNT Express will also collect equipment for the England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Japan, Fiji and New Zealand teams and arrange for its delivery to Australia.

Over the eight week tournament period, TNT Express will move kit weighing up to four tonnes per team, to 48 matches across 10 cities in Australia. The company will transport team baggage ranging from socks, boots and jumpers to medical equipment, tape, video equipment and merchandise in sealed handling products called ‘ultra-cons'.

Larger items such as scrum-machines and training equipment consisting of tackle bags, cones, hit shields and agility poles will be pre-positioned by TNT at designated locations at the start of the series. The training equipment will be transported between training grounds in sealed devices known as ‘pallecons'. A fleet of 141 Peugeot cars which will be allocated to provide transport to each of the teams and some tournament and IRB officials will also be transported by the company.

The equipment collected from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Japan, Fiji and New Zealand will be transported to Australia through TNT Express' international division. The company will also handle customs clearance procedures for the team baggage, including medical items requiring therapeutic permits, of all participating overseas teams.

Commenting on the reason for selecting TNT Express, Matt Carroll, General Manager of Rugby World Cup 2003 said: “TNT Express clearly understood the ARU's specific requirements for the transportation of our freight which is vital for ensuring that the event is successful. TNT Express offered innovative, customised solutions that met our needs and the individual needs of each competing team.”

TNT Express is already involved in promoting the build up to the Rugby World Cup 2003 by providing vehicles and drivers for the ‘See Australia Rugby True Colours Tour' – a roadshow covering almost 50 cities and towns to raise awareness of the Cup starting on October 10 2003.

Roger Corcoran, Managing Director TNT Express Australia commented: “TNT Express has a defined business mission to be the fastest and most reliable provider of express delivery services. The company has previously provided support to both the London and Sydney Marathons, and the highly successful Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 through the distribution of Olympic tickets. This expertise and experience will help TNT Express contribute to a successful Rugby World Cup 2003.”

Page publication date: 6 October 2003 at 08:00 CET