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Domestic Trophy Tour

The iconic Webb Ellis Cup is touring the UK & Ireland in a specially-designed Land Rover Defender in the lead up to

The UK and Ireland Trophy Tour will encompass 100 days, over 300 events and 9,000 miles – that’s the length of 100,000 rugby pitches, travelled over the course of 1800 back-to-back matches.

The Trophy is being transported in the unique Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender – a specially-modified 110 Station Wagon with a trophy cabinet integrated into the rear of the vehicle. It took 6,000 hours to design at our Special Vehicle Operations base in the West Midlands, UK.

One of the first stops on the tour was at amateur club Highland RFC in Inverness where former Scotland internationals Chris Paterson and Kelly Brown took coaching sessions with youth players, and auditions were held by Land Rover for young players to be official Rugby World Cup 2015 mascots.

The Webb Ellis Cup will arrive back at Twickenham on 18 September for the Tournament’s opening ceremony.

The making of the Trophy Tour Defender

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 ARRIVES IN LONDON

Land Rover reveals the Defender that will transport the Webb Ellis Cup on its 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

On the 22nd May the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender emerged from a giant Rugby Ball which floated up the Thames to the world famous Tower Bridge. Constructed at a secret location, the 8.2 metre high ball floated 25 miles upriver, passing iconic London landmarks before docking at Butler's Wharf. Land Rover Ambassadors and Rugby World Cup 2003 Winners Martin Johnson and Lewis Moody brought the Webb Ellis Cup and the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender together for the first time ahead of its tour of the UK and Ireland.

Fans all over the country will have a close-up view of the cup and meet some of rugby’s biggest names during the Tour, which will engage with over 100 clubs, organisations and rugby festivals from grassroots to the elite level.

The Webb Ellis Cup will arrive back at Twickenham Stadium on 18 September for the Tournament’s Opening Ceremony.

Visit this page for further updates on the Tour, and find event details on the official Rugby World Cup website.

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Scotland Leg: Inverness

“Everyone is just in awe of this fabulous Trophy – hopefully some of them will be inspired to compete for Scotland one day.”

Chris Paterson, Scotland’s record rugby union cap holder

Highland Youth Coach Paul Schofield said the event had a big impact on the kids involved: “It has been really inspiring for the young ones to see Kelly and Chris, and there are a lot of other clubs here as well that have taken the opportunity to come down. So it’s been a really good day of rugby.”

The trophy tour stops off at Inverness

Ireland Leg: Dublin

The next leg of the Tour took place in Ireland, where the Webb Ellis Cup arrived on 16th June. Over the following week, it visited clubs in Derry, Belfast, Galway, before arriving at Old Belvedere RFC in Dublin for a Land Rover-sponsored event on 23rd June.

There, Fijian international Isa Nacewa and Gordon D’Arcy, capped 81 times by Ireland, took a training session for the youngsters of the club’s youth section as they looked to develop their skills in a grassroots rugby festival. The rising stars were able to see the coveted Webb Ellis Cup first hand as it completed its visit to Ireland.

“It was hugely encouraging to see the children enjoying their Rugby so much here today and some of the skills on display were very impressive. We may have witnessed future stars of Irish Rugby!”

Gordon D’Arcy, Ireland international

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Gordon D'Arcy and Isa Nacewa with the Trophy Tour Defender

Wales Leg: Cardiff

The Trophy Tour visited Barry Island on 4th July for the Cardiff Blues Beach Rugby Festival. There, scores of young rugby fans auditioned for the chance to become World Cup 2015 mascots and were able to see the fabled Webb Ellis Cup up close, while a five-a-side touch rugby tournament also took place, featuring amateur players alongside ex-Wales players Tom Shanklin and Rhys Williams.

"My first World Cup memory is in 1999 when the Webb Ellis Cup came to Wales and was going through villages. I remember as kids we saw the Trophy in person and you just wanted to hold it – it really did inspire Wales as a nation and it's great that it has come back here on its way to Twickenham.”

Jonathan Davies, Wales International

The youngsters learnt some tips in a passing session with Wales international star Jonathan Davies, who was only too happy to pass on his expertise: "It's great to be a part of grassroots rugby because that's where every professional player comes from,” Davies said. “It was good to see so many kids out here chucking the ball and getting involved with rugby. Who knows, we might have the next Leigh Halfpenny here.”

England Leg: Honiton

On 9th July, World Cup winner Lewis Moody drove the Webb Ellis Cup to the Land Rover Experience Centre in Honiton for the Tour’s Devon stop, giving local customers a chance to see the trophy and the specially-adapted Trophy Tour Defender.

“The best thing about the Trophy Tour is, that it’s engaging the next generation.”

Lewis Moody, former England captain

THE LEAST DRIVEN PATH

From May 2014 to May 2015, Land Rover took the Webb Ellis Cup to 15 different destinations around the world. From Fiji to France, Australia to Africa, to America, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has brought thousands of fans and grassroots clubs closer to Rugby's biggest prize. #WEDEALINREAL