27 March 2015
Rugby supporters can now look forward to the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in the UK and Ireland with details announced today.
Launching on June 10 - 100 days to go to the opening match - rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England counting down to the start of the Tournament before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.
As part of the Trophy Tour, the Webb Ellis Cup will visit Hazelwood on August 29. London Irish will be working with our Team Base partners, Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton-on-Thames, on what will be a community event to celebrate rugby and local groups in the area. Final details on this event will be released in due course.
David FitzGerald, Executive chairman at London Irish, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Webb Ellis Cup to our nezw home, Hazelwood and to our local community. Working with our Team Base partner, Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton-on-Thames, we aim to put together an event which showcases rugby, our visiting nations and the local Spelthorne & Elmbridge communities at Hazelwood.
The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour follows the successful International Trophy Tour, which has to date completed 12 of its 15 international visits with Canada (April 1 – 4), Germany (April 16 – 18) and France (May 11 – 13) still to go before the Webb Ellis Cup returns to England. The journey throughout the UK and Ireland aims to engage supporters and give them the opportunity to build unforgettable memories as part of their own Rugby World Cup 2015 story.
Rugby is at the heart of the Trophy Tour schedule engaging with over 100 rugby clubs, organisations and rugby festivals, from grassroots to elite. In addition Host Cities, Match Venues, Team Bases, community and legacy programmes, sports events, stakeholder visits, Worldwide Partner activations and iconic landmarks will feature as part of the Trophy Tour with over 300 events programmed across the 100 day continuous tour. Details on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, including a high volume of events open to the general public, will be updated at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour in the coming months.
Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive Officer of England Rugby 2015, said: “The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will be the perfect opportunity to excite and engage fans across the UK and Ireland and make 2015 feel like the year of the rugby nation. Delivering a continuous 100 day tour means we can give as many fans as possible the opportunity to see the Webb Ellis Cup and tell us their rugby story as they countdown to their own Tournament experience. We have been delighted with the success of the international Trophy Tour, engaging with thousands of people across the globe, and hope to replicate that success when the Trophy Tour goes to Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England.”