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Rugby World Cup trophy comes to Northamptonshire

31 March 2005

The Webb Ellis Cup, the Rugby World Cup trophy won by England in 2003, will be on tour in Northamptonshire in June.
 
The famous gold cup visited Bedford and Peterborough during the East Midlands leg of the nationwide Sweet Chariot Tour last year but will be in Northamptonshire on June 24 and June 25 as part of the Sweet Chariot IV Tour.
 
The trophy will spend two days in Northamptonshire at events with the emphasis on youth sport.
 
On Friday June 24 the cup will be on display at the Riverside Community Resource Centre in Towcester between 9.45am and 10.45am where a tag rugby - a non-contact version of the sport - match will be played.
 
From 11.45am to 1.30pm the trophy will be at the Northampton Lings Academy where it is expected to be seen by 1,300 youngsters and then it will travel to the Manor School in Raunds (2.30-3.15pm )where a wheelchair rugby match will be played.
 
From 4.15pm to 5.15pm the cup will be at the Hall of Leisure Centre in Northampton where the trophy will be used to promote a local Inclusive Fitness Initiative in the community and it will end the day at Towcestrians RFC's Greens Norton Road ground for the club's Summer Ball which is expected to attract around 600 guests.
 
On June 25 the Webb Ellis Cup will be at the Northamptonshire Youth Games at the Kettering Leisure Village in Thurston Drive which is expected to be attended by around 700 competitors and their families and local civic dignitaries. The trophy will be on display at the Games from 9am to 2.30pm.