One of the traditions of the IRB Rugby World Cup is taking the Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the man credited for inventing rugby football, on the Cup Trophy Tour. The trophy has been presented to winners since 1987, when New Zealand were the first to hold it, and has since been held by four nations; New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England.
There are actually two cups which are used interchangeably, made of silver gilt with two cast scroll handles – one side depicts a head satyr and the other a nymph. Until recently the cup was on display in South Africa following their victory, it has now been returned to IRB’s head office in Ireland.
One of the cups is currently in Shanghai’s largest multi-national rugby club in China. For the next stop on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, Lawrence Dallaglio, ambassador for Land Rover, one of Rugby’s main sponsors, will be showing it to 70 children from local schools who are taking part in a training session he is helping with – hopefully inspiring players from a country with a developing rugby interest. Other countries on the Cup Trophy Tour are: Japan, Australia, USA, UAE, Italy, Germany and France.
The Rugby World Cup opens on 18th September at Twickenham Stadium, with the inaugural game, England vs Fiji. Other Rugby World Cup fixtures being held at this famous stadium are: France vs Italy on 19th September, England vs Wales on 26th September, England vs Australia on 3rd October, and Australia vs Wales on 10th October.
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