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Woodford gripped as World Cup fever hits

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 September 2015

Young rugby players next to the Webb Ellis Cup at Woodford RFC as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour (pic: Chris Radburn/Press Association for England Rugby 2015)

Young rugby players next to the Webb Ellis Cup at Woodford RFC as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour (pic: Chris Radburn/Press Association for England Rugby 2015)

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Webb Elis Cup stops off on Trophy Tour

With the start of the World Cup drawing ever closer, Woodford Rugby Club welcomed a special guest to their Highams base last week as the Webb Ellis Cup stopped off on its Trophy Tour.

Ahead of the opening match on September 18, the cup has been visiting all parts of the UK and Ireland and was in the capital for the latter part of its journey.

The cup visited Woodford on Saturday, with the club hosting a number of events to mark the special occasion.

Woodford’s first team played Epping & Upper Clapton before the under-14s played a team from Davenant School with a number of minis demonstration matches also taking place immediately before the trophy arrived.

There were also food stalls and a ‘Kids Zone’ while the clubhouse showed England’s last warm-up match before the tournament against Ireland.

The club estimate that between 1,500 to 2,000 people turned up throughout the day, which proved hugely successful.

“When our chairman was told that we had been successful in our bid to host the Trophy Tour, he nearly fell out of bed,” said a club spokesperson.

“We had planned for an orderly welcome of the trophy, but when it finally arrived, our younger members were already very excited and couldn’t contain themselves.

“It took a good 10 minutes to calm them down and form what almost resembled an orderly queue.

“A great day was had by everyone, with wonderful memories for young and old alike.

“We hope that the day’s events have shown what a fabulous sport rugby is and hopefully attract new players.”


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