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Webb Ellis Cup to visit birthplace of the game

Rugby’s greatest prize, The Webb Ellis Cup, will be paying a very special visit to Rugby, birthplace of the game on Sunday 16 August.

The visit is part of a tour that has seen the Trophy travel the length and breadth of the country.

The iconic Trophy will be on display in the town’s official Fanzone in the Old Market Place (CV21 2SL) from 9am to 12 noon and fans and visitors alike will be able to have their photograph taken with it.

As well as an opportunity to get up close and personal with the cup visitors will also be able to take to try out their own throwing, kicking and passing skills with some fun activity hosted by local rugby clubs.

Residents and visitors will also be able to enjoy some great Rugby anthems from Bilton Silver band, have their face painted (ready for a photograph with the Trophy) or try their hand at balloon modelling.

There will also be fresh coffee, bacon rolls and delicious ice-cream available to help visitors soak up the atmosphere.

Rugby Visitor Centre staff will be on hand to give away copies of the Enjoy Rugby Festival guide – the free guide to the town's World Cup 2015 celebrations, including special events, Big Match and Rugby Fanzone details, taking place from the 12 September to the 6 November. Staff will be able to provide further information on what is planned, answer questions and take bookings. 

Guided tours of Rugby’s unique sporting and cultural heritage will be available and will be led by Rugby’s own volunteer Town Guides. Tours last around 45 minutes and are free.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture and for the economy, said: “Never before has rugby's greatest prize been available for general public viewing in the birthplace of the game. With up to three hours to see it there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the atmosphere and get a picture with the Trophy.

"It would be great to see families and rugby clubs wearing their team kit or dressing up for the occasion. A team photo with the Webb Ellis Cup will be a very special memento of the day." 

The Trophy Tour, which launched on June 10 marking exactly 100 days-to-go to the opening match of the Rugby World Cup, 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 of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

For more information on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour or the Enjoy Rugby Festival (including online guide) please visit www.enjoyrugby.co.uk, call Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Old Market Place car park and the access to the John Barford car park from Railway Terrace will be closed for the duration of this event. Alternative parking is available in the John Barford car park, accessible from James Street.

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