the rugby World Cup
full-back Matt Burke attempts to bust a tackle from flanker
George Smith and reserve half-back Chris Whittaker during
training at Victoria Barracks in Sydney.
Photo by Bill Cunneen, Army newspaper
to deploy for Op Scrummage
sailors and airmen and airwomen will provide support to state and
territory police to ensure the 2003 Rugby World Cup is safe and
only people they will not be able to stop from taking the cup are
the players of the 20 teams competing.
for Defence Robert Hill said Defence's contribution to the security
planning and preparations would be known as Op Scrummage.
may be called on to help with bomb searches of venues. They could
also be called out in response to an incident that police and emergency
services do not have the capacity to deal with, such as a terrorist
attack," he said.
Tactical Assault Groups, based in Sydney and Perth, IRR based in
Sydney and 5 Avn Regt based in Townsville, would standby to assist
police as would be necessary.
would also provide four training venues for use by visiting rugby
teams on a commercial contractual basis.
there is no known specific threat of terrorism against the Rugby
World Cup, Defence's counter-terrorism units are well prepared and
positioned to assist police with highly trained, well-equipped and
capable forces should the need arise."
and territory police are responsible for on-the-ground security
arrangements for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, working with the venue
owner-operator and the Australian Rugby Union at each of the 11
match venues in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, the ACT, Tasmania, South
Australia and Western Australia.
Government agencies were providing advice on potential threats,
as well as assistance, where appropriate, under the national counter-terrorism
arrangements between the Commonwealth, states and territories.
model for security coordination was developed for the successful
organisation of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and has been adapted to
suit other major international events hosted by Australia, such
as CHOGM and the Rugby World Cup.