Prince Harry Launches The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

The final countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 kicked off today at Twickenham Stadium as Prince Harry, Honorary President of England Rugby 2015, and Rugby World Cup 2003 winners Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood launched the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour on the 100 days to go milestone.

Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry

Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry

The trio were joined by local schoolchildren from Richmond and Hounslow, as well as RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie, England Rugby 2015 Chairman Andy Cosslett and Managing Director Stephen Brown, and Rugby World Cup Limited Director David Pickering to send the Webb Ellis Cup off on its 100 day journey around the UK and Ireland. The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will visit over 300 events including Rugby clubs, sporting events, schools, community festivals and iconic landmarks.

Speaking at Twickenham Stadium, Prince Harry said:”This is a very exciting day – just 100 days until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015. Rugby is a game built on values – respect, pride, teamwork and discipline. In 100 days’ time, England and Cardiff will play host to an incredible festival of rugby with the world’s best players, the world’s best teams and of course the world’s greatest fans demonstrating these values.

“As we have shown with the Olympic, Commonwealth and Invictus Games, we are a nation of great hosts; a nation that seizes the moment. The world will be expecting us to deliver and I know we won’t disappoint. I have no doubt the British public will make every nation feel at home and we will provide the best possible welcome to the 20 teams, and hundreds of thousands of fans coming to the UK. This Tournament – the most significant moment in English Rugby since that night in Sydney in 2003 – has the ability to broaden the reach of the game and deliver a long lasting legacy for the sport. ”

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry

The 100 day milestone also marks the start of the Festival of Rugby 2015 programme which will run from June 10 – October 31 and gives events across the UK a way to join in and be part of Rugby’s biggest year. The programme, delivered in partnership with the RFU, enables any event with a connection to Rugby or Rugby theme to be part of a nationwide festival and is supported via www.festivalofrugby2015.com. Events started today across the country including a Tag Rugby Word Record attempt at Luton RFC, attended by England Women’s World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi.