Rugby World Cup in Eastbourne this week

Webb Ellis cup SUS-150829-121947001
Webb Ellis cup SUS-150829-121947001

Rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit Eastbourne Rugby Club on Wednesday as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

It will also visit the Team Base Eastbourne College and Brighton University Eastbourne campus on the same day later in the evening as part of the tour’s visit to Eastbourne.

Eastbourne RFC will open its clubhouse between 2.30-4.30pm Wednesday September 2 to anyone who wishes to come along and view the Webb Ellis Cup.

Club chairman Fraser Brooks said, “We are tremendously excited to have been chosen to display this great trophy.

“There is a real buzz across the town and the club as a whole”.

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has travelled through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales, continuing the journey through England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

The journey throughout the UK and Ireland aims to engage fans and give them the opportunity to build unforgettable memories as part of their own Rugby World Cup 2015 story.

In addition, Eastbourne Bandstand has been chosen to host the Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremony for the South African rugby team on September 13, along with sixteen other landmark venues across England and Wales chosen to host the ceremonies for the world’s best 20 teams.

The ceremony between 11.30am and 12.30pm will be a celebration of the team’s achievements and will include team friends and family as well as the local community.

Eastbourne College and the University of Brighton will be a Team Base for South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2015.

Simon Davies, headmaster of Eastbourne College, said, “Eastbourne College is delighted to be a part of the team which will host the mighty Springboks in Eastbourne as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup 2015.

“In years gone by the All Blacks have trained on our iconic College Field rugby pitch and the 1955 British Lions that toured South Africa prepared here before setting sail for Cape Town.”

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