The Webb Ellis Cup is awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup, and is currently making its way to Plymouth as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour.
Selected aspiring young players will see the famous Trophy when it arrives in the city as part of the 100-day tour taking place in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony in Twickenham.
The University of St Mark & St John, an official Team Base for the Namibian rugby squad, will formally welcome the cup at a celebratory event attended by local schoolchildren.
Stan Cinnamond, Director of Sport at the University of St Mark & St John said: “It is a great honour that the University has been chosen not only as an official Team Base, but to have the Webb Ellis Cup on our campus to inspire achievement in all students is incredible, and I can’t wait to see the schoolchildren’s reactions to such a momentous occasion.”
Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “We’re thrilled to have been working in partnership with the University, Everyone Active, Plymouth Albion and the Royal Navy over the last two years to bring this exceptional opportunity to the city, provide a tangible way for young people to get involved in this global sporting event and encourage participation in rugby.”
The Plymouth School Sports Partnership has selected 80 children to attend the event, from seven local primary schools that took part in a tag rugby competition in the spring. They will be given a chance to get up close to the Trophy and take part in a ‘round robin’ style rugby festival tournament organised by the Schools Sport Partnership and refereed by ‘young leaders’ from St Boniface Catholic College.
In the spirit of international rugby, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity aims to inspire the future generation of rugby players and celebrate their talent and passion for the game.
The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour began its journey through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England on Wednesday 10 June and will arrive at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 18 September.