RFU President Jason Leonard on the Isles of Scilly with Webb Ellis Trophy
7 July 2015
Rugby’s most prestigious prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, has arrived in England (Cornwall) with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, counting down 75 days until the start of the Tournament. This morning, RFU President and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Jason Leonard OBE will take the Trophy to Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly where he will join the Cornish Pirates for a Rugby training session. He will then take the Trophy on a short helicopter ride to the Eden Project, near St. Austell, where local school children will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with it inside one of the Biomes. This afternoon, continuing the summer holiday theme, Jason Leonard will take the Webb Ellis Cup to a school’s beach Rugby event at Perranporth Beach.
Jason Leonard OBE, RFU President, said: “This year will be the most significant in the history of the game in England and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to raise the profile of Rugby through the Trophy Tour, in particular amongst grass roots clubs, across the country. Rugby really is a sport for everyone, for all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds – men, women, boys and girls – and it’s great to see so many people already feeling the excitement of Rugby World Cup 2015.
“I’m looking forward to the schools’ beach Rugby later today, to see children taking part and having fun. Three of the schools there are part of the RFU’s All Schools Programme, which takes Rugby into non-rugby playing secondary schools. These three schools didn’t play Rugby until two years ago and are great examples of the work we’re doing to create a lasting legacy for generations to come.”