Yesterday rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, visited NLD on Day 60 of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
The most fantastic showcase of rugby ensued with events at Lincoln RFC, Chatsworth House and Nottingham Market Square building anticipation for the tournament which starts on September 18.
First stop was Lincoln RFC, the only NLD club to host the Tour. The trophy was on site, at the clubs fantastic facility in Nettleham, from 09:00 – 11:00. Over 700 people came along to take a look at the iconic trophy with players and supporters alike queuing for the opportunity to have their photograph taken and enjoy a flypast from the locally based Red Arrows.
Crowds were treated to some fantastic rugby as well with teams from throughout the Three Counties travelling to take part in an NLD Touch Rugby Tournament and an NLD Ladies Sevens.
NLD Past President Phil Cass commented ‘It was fantastic to see so many people turn out to support the Trophy at Lincoln RFC. Excitement is really building as we countdown to the start of the tournament and we couldn’t have asked for a better showcase of two forms of the game which are becoming so popular’.
From Lincoln the trophy made the journey to Chatsworth House, the iconic seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which sits on the edge of the Peak District.
The Trophy itself was on public display on Lodge Hill from 13:00-14:00 with lots of local visitors also enjoying the opportunity to get up close and personal before it moved through to the South Lawn where the Rugby Festival had just finished. The impressive backdrop of Chatsworth House provided the perfect setting for further pictures with Neil and all of the players.
Nottingham meanwhile was gearing up for the final stop of the day with some fun, junior touch activities for local clubs on the Market Square’s beach before the general public and sports fans were able to have their individual or group photos taken with the cup.
A selection of Nottingham Rugby players and staff were also in attendance, helping out with the afternoon’s festivities.
Pictures from Nottingham, including individual and group shots with the trophy are now available on Nottingham Rugby’s official Facebook page.
NLD President Sam Heath said ‘We were delighted to welcome this iconic trophy to NLD and we have enjoyed the most fantastic day of rugby. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in all of the events and those who came along and got involved. Enjoy the World Cup and let’s hope that we will soon be organising another Trophy Tour – a Victory one!!’