Rugby World Cup Is Coming Home; ENGLAND'S SPORTING TRIUMPH CELEBRATED WITH TOUR OF COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE

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Rugby World Cup Is Coming Home; ENGLAND'S SPORTING TRIUMPH CELEBRATED WITH TOUR OF COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE


ENGLAND'S greatest sporting triumph for almost 40 years is to be celebrated with a tour of Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Rugby World Cup trophy lifted by Martin Johnson last November will be given the VIP treatment with a motorcade to Coventry Cathedral followed by a special service.

It will also be shown to children in hospital and go on display to the public in Coventry city centre and town centres in Warwickshire.

The three-day visit in May, part of the nationwide Sweet Chariot Tour, will see the trophy taken to the home of the game in Rugby.

The gold cup will be displayed during the Royal and SunAlliance National Under-15 Tens tournament on May 3, at The Close, the Rugby school where William Webb Ellis first picked up a football and ran with it.

The Evening Telegraph has already revealed that members of the team will visit Rugby that day to receive the freedom of the borough.

Thousands to see trophy on its tour

A PROVISIONAL itinerary of events has been drawn up for May 2 to 4.

On May 2 the trophy will start the day with a visit to Woodlands School in Coventry, which is the old school of England and Leicester Tigers flanker Neil Back and current Bath captain and England second row Danny Grewcock.

It will then be transported in a motorcade to Coventry Cathedral for a World in Union thanksgiving service from 9.20-10am, and the cup will then be on display in Broadgate until noon.

In the afternoon the cup will visit the children's ward at Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital, then on to a schools tournament at Edgwick Park and the Coventry & Mid-Warwickshire Sevens tournament at Coventry's Coundon Road ground.

There will be a civic reception for invited guests at St Mary's Hall, followed by a dinner for volunteers from Warwickshire clubs at the Hotel Leofric from 8pm.

On May 3 the trophy will be taken to the Tag Rugby Tournament at Stratford RFC, from 8. …

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