22nd Apr, 2019

Rugby World Cup trophy coming to Coventry

Steve Carpenter 13th Aug, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE GREATEST prize in rugby, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit Coventry this Sunday as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

The Trophy will arrive at Broadgate at 1pm where the city’s Rugby community will join together for a small celebration event.

A festival of Rugby will then be held at the War Memorial Park between midday and 4pm where mini, junior, women and senior teams from across Coventry and Warwickshire will be showcasing a variety of Rugby skills.

Members of the public will also be given the opportunity to ‘try’ out their Rugby techniques during masterclasses held by Wasps, Coventry Rugby Club and other local clubs.

Participants will be hoping to make it into the record books as they attempt to break Rugby records including most passes in a minute, most drop goals in a minute and most conversions in an hour.

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at the park from 2.30pm until 5pm allowing people to take pictures with the Trophy.

John Alford, president of Warwickshire RFU, said: “The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will be one of the highlights of the summer in Coventry as the whole city gears up for the start of the Tournament in September.

“Rugby is at the heart of the Trophy Tour which is why we have arranged for the city’s Rugby community to come together and mark the occasion by hosting a festival of Rugby.

“The festival is a great opportunity for us to ‘try’ to ‘convert’ some of the non-players into fans, giving them the opportunity to create their own Rugby World Cup memories by taking part in fun-filled activities.

“People are still most excited about seeing the main spectacle, the Webb Ellis Cup – Rugby’s greatest prize, and we can’t wait for it to arrive in Coventry.”

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has travelled through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales and continues its journey through England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on Friday September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

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