Webb Ellis Cup set to visit France for final stop of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

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Webb Ellis Cup set to visit France for final stop of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

The Webb Ellis Cup, the most coveted prize in Rugby, will visit France next week for the final stop of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

The Trophy Tour, which is being delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL – two long supporters of the Game and Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners – has been showcasing Rugby’s most coveted prize around the world for the past 12 months as part of a celebration of Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015.

The Webb Ellis Cup will be in Paris from Monday May 11 to Wednesday May 13 and will visit a number of locations in and around the city.

France will be the 15th and final country visited before the Webb Ellis Cup embarks on a 100 day Trophy Tour around the UK and Ireland, starting on June 10.

During the three day visit the Trophy will be joined by Wales and Racing Metro centre, Jamie Roberts and former French International’s Dimitri Yachvili and Serge Betsen.

Rugby World Cup, the third largest global sporting event behind the Olympics and Football World Cup, takes place in England and Cardiff this year between September 18 and October 31. The Tournament will be hosted in 13 venues in 11 cities across the country.

Rights free images of all the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour activity will be available daily via an FTP service – details will be shared on Monday May 11.

A summary video of the Trophy Tour visit to France will be released on Friday May 15.


Monday May 11

  • 8am – 1pm: Land Rover’s Least Driven Path: The Webb Ellis Cup will journey out of Paris to the famous Champagne region. Accompanied by Land Rover Ambassador and former French International Dimitri Yachvili, Land Rover’s Least Driven Path will drive to Epernay and the surrounding villages, also visiting Rugby Epernay Champagne, giving children from the club’s youth section the chance to see the iconic Trophy.
Dimitri Yachvili, who was a member of the French team that reached the Final of Rugby World Cup 2011, will be available for comment. Please contact james.gwinnett@fasttrackagency.com if you wish to attend the drive or to arrange an interview with Dimitri.
  • 7pm – 9pm: The Webb Ellis Cup will visit Paris Olympique Rugby Club for the senior teams weekly training

Tuesday May 12

  • 2.30pm – 5pm: The Webb Ellis Cup will visit children at Lycee Carnot

Wednesday May 13

  • 9am – 1pm: Each Trophy Tour stop sees DHL present the Rugby Vs. the World Challenge – a fun-filled, never-before-seen duel between Rugby and a locally celebrated sport.
France will play host to the final challenge of the series, Rugby Vs. Handball, at Parc des Sports, Gennevilliers. Former France international and Rugby World Cup semi-finalist Serge Betsen will take on French handball legend and former world player of the year Jackson Richardson in a battle of the oval ball against the round. The two will go head-to-head in three unique challenges to determine who will be champion of the final DHL Rugby Vs. the World Challenge.
Serge and Jackson will be available for interview on request.
  • 3pm – 5.30pm: Wales and Racing Metro centre, Jamie Roberts, will join children from a number of local schools taking part in a Rugby tournament hosted in the grounds of the British Ambassador’s residence.
Jamie will be available for interview on request.
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm: The Webb Ellis Cup will be guest of honour at a reception hosted at the British Ambassador’s residence
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