The Webb Ellis Cup, the Rugby World Cup trophy, will be on display at venues on a three day visit to the region next month.
The famous gold trophy, which was lifted by England captain Martin Johnson in Sydney in November 2003, will be visiting Hereford, Worcester, Telford, Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham as part of its tour of England ahead of this year’s tournament which starts in September.
The trophy will be on display at Hereford Cathedral, home of the Mappa Mundi, from 8.30am to 11.30am on July 18 and will then be transported to Sixways Stadium, home of Worcester Warriors, where it will be displayed from 1pm to 4pm.
The trophy will end its first day in North Midlands at Telford’s Town Park between 6pm and 9pm.
On Sunday July 19 the Webb Ellis Cup will visit the University of Birmingham, which has been chosen as one of the training bases for the World Cup, from 9am to 11am and will then be taken to Moseley’s Billesley Common ground between 12pm and 3pm.
Sutton Coldfield’s Walmley Road ground, the second World Cup training base in the area, will host the trophy between 4pm and 7pm.
The last day of the Trophy Tour in North Midlands, July 20, will see the cup on display at four venues in Birmingham.
The day will start at Villa Park, venue for two World Cup matches, between 9am and 11am before the trophy is taken to the iconic Bull Ring Shopping Centre between 12pm and 1.30pm.
The trophy will then be displayed in Victoria Square between 2pm and 5pm and will end its stay in Birmingham at a dinner at the city’s Council House between 6.30pm and 9pm.
Celebratory events are being planned around the Rugby World Cup Trophy tour to help raise awareness of the forthcoming World Cup and to help attract new players, coaches, referees and volunteers of all ages into the North Midlands rugby community.