Rugby World Cup to stop over in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:01 07 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:01 07 April 2015

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Rugby’s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, will visit Exmouth on July 8.

The stop is part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Launching on June 10, with 100 days to go to the opening match, the tour will travel through the UK before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup.

Exmouth Town Council, schools and Exmouth and Withycombe rugby clubs will be organising a day of events to welcome the cup.

This will include a schools’ tag rugby tournament on the beach, a sand castle competition and entertainment.

Suzanne Birkett, of Exmouth Town Council, said: “We are so excited to host this very important trophy and be a part of the second biggest sporting event in the world.

“Exmouth will offer a warm welcome on the day.”

Town and district councillor David Chapman said: “It’s is going to be fabulous.

“The commandant of the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, Lt Col Kevin Oliver, and trumpeters will welcome the cup.

“The trophy will be at the Exmouth Pavilion for the best part of the afternoon.”

Debbie Jevans, CEO of England Rugby 2015, said: “With less than six months to go ,we are delighted to announce that Exmouth will host the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour on its 100-day journey across the UK and Ireland.

“Delivering a continuous 100-day tour means we can give as many fans as possible the opportunity to see the Webb Ellis Cup.”

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