Webb Ellis Cup to visit The Eden Project as part of Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour
Issued on behalf of England Rugby 2015
Next Tuesday (July 7 2015) rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit The Eden Project during the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
England rugby legend and 2003 World Cup Winner Jason Leonard will be accompanying the trophy on its tour of Eden.
The 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour is travelling through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.
The Eden Project will welcome the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour with more than 100 students from local schools having the opportunity to view the Webb Ellis Cup in the iconic surroundings of the Mediterranean Biome together with the opportunity to enjoy the educational benefits of a visit to Eden.
Richard Simeons, Event Organiser, said: “As Honorary Treasurer of the Cornwall Rugby Football Union I have been involved in the planning of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in Cornwall and am delighted that the Eden Project will be one of the venues.
“The CRFU are focussing on youth and the future of the game of rugby on Cornwall’s leg of the Trophy Tour and Eden, with its educational links and iconic scenery , is an ideal location to enthuse future generations of rugby players at all levels.”
Eden Project Director Gordon Seabright said: “We feel honoured to have been chosen as one of the venues for the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour. We are looking forward to the big moment when hundreds of young fans will be able to see for themselves one of the great trophies in world sport.”
The journey throughout the UK and Ireland aims to engage fans 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 engaging with over 100 rugby clubs, organisations and rugby festivals, from grassroots to elite. In addition Host Cities, Match Venues, 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.
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.
Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour information can be viewed at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour.