Iconic trophy on its way to Bedford as part of World Cup build-up

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on show at Goldington Road in August. Picture (c) Andrew Fosker/ Seconds Left Images 2015

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on show at Goldington Road in August. Picture (c) Andrew Fosker/ Seconds Left Images 2015

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Rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit Goldington Road in August as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Launching on June 10 – 100 days before the opening match – the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the opening ceremony.

As part of the tour, Bedford Blues will welcome the Webb Ellis Cup between 8pm and 10pm in the Blues Marquee for all supporters to view and take a selfie on stage from 8.30pm.

The club will host an informal gathering – with bars open, food available and music from 7pm – as the most recognisable trophy in rugby arrives in Bedford.

The event is non-ticketed and open to all, but there is a maximum capacity in the marquee which will be stewarded throughout the night.

Bedford Blues chairman Geoff Irvine said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour and believe it is a great opportunity for supporters and children alike in Bedford to see this special trophy in the build-up to this year’s exciting tournament.

“It’s free to come in and see the trophy and hopefully inspire the next generation. A lot of work has gone into this year’s competition and we are pleased to give Blues fans the chance to see the Webb Ellis Cup first hand.”

With three matches just down the road at Stadium:MK and plenty of Blues fans already registered with ‘The Pack’ as Rugby World Cup volunteers, there is set to be a great buzz around the region come September.

The trophy’s 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.

Rugby is at the heart of the tour, engaging with over 100 clubs, organisations and rugby festivals, from grassroots to elite.

In addition, host cities, match venues, community and legacy programmes, sports events, stakeholder visits, and iconic landmarks will feature as part of the tour, with over 300 events scheduled.

Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour information can be viewed at rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour – full details on the locations and events will updated in the coming months.