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Public art - William Webb Ellis statue

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William Webb Ellis statue

About the art

William Webb Ellis was a pupil at Rugby School in 1823 when his "fine disregard for the rules" led him to invent the game of rugby football.

The Webb Ellis Cup, presented to the winners of the Rugby World Cup, bears his name and in Rugby - the birthplace of the game - a statue stands in his honour.

Acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson was commissioned to create the statue of a young Webb Ellis running with a rugby ball. Cast in bronze employing the lost wax technique, the statue stands outside Rugby School.

A bronze plaque beneath the statue bears the inscription: "The local boy who inspired the game of rugby football on The Close at Rugby School in 1823."

The statue has become a popular attraction for visitors to the birthplace of the game - providing the perfect backdrop for a photograph.

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