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Rugby's most coveted prize to come through town as part of World Cup Trophy Tour

Stratford Editorial 11th Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RUGBY’S most coveted prize will visit Stratford in the build-up to this autumn’s Rugby World Cup.

The Webb Ellis Cup will come to town on Monday, August 17 as part of the Trophy Tour to promote the tournament, which is being held in England later this year.

Shakespeare’s Rugby Spectacular – a day of activities organised by South Warwickshire Rugby Football Union, Stratford District Council and the Royal Shakespeare Company – will coincide with the trophy going on display on Bancroft from noon to 12.30pm.

Attractions on the day will include rugby skills demonstrations at Bancroft Gardens from 10am, kicking and passing competitions,’Rock-up & Play’ sessions and competitive Mum’s and Dad’s touch rugby from 1.30-4pm on the Recreation Ground.

The South Warwickshire Summer touch rugby finals will then follow from 6pm.

Matt Smith, from the South Warwickshire Rugby Football Union, said: “This is the biggest Rugby event to be hosted by South Warwickshire.

“The excitement among Rugby fans from across the world will be building when Stratford hosts the Webb Ellis Cup only a month from the start of the tournament.

“The enthusiasm among the organisers and volunteers in planning this event is amazing and we are delighted to have the full support of Warwickshire Rugby Football Union, Stratford District Council and the Royal Shakespeare Company.”

Launched on Wednesday (June 10) – marking 100 days to go until 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.

Clubs, schools and colleges in Stratford will all be invited to participate and promote their organisations and Rugby activities. Contact Matt Smith at or Dan Batchelor at for more details.

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