Fiji hosting Rugby World Cup

Date published: June 26 2014

The Webb Ellis Cup on Thursday started its visit to Fiji for the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

The Webb Ellis Cup on Thursday started its visit to Fiji for the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

The Tour began when the trophy was given a traditional Fijian welcome by pupils from Ratu Navula Secondary School in Narewa, Nadi before visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giants.

The Tour, which is being delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL – two long supporters of the game and Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners – will see Rugby's most coveted prize visit 15 countries over the next 12 months as part of a celebration in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff.

The Trophy arrives from Australia after spending two days in Sydney where it visited the Blue Mountains, Knox Grammar School and Darling Harbour.

Last month the Webb Ellis Cup spent five days in Tokyo where it visited Keio University and other iconic locations in and around the city before being the star attraction for the last event at the National Stadium, which saw Japan qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015.

The Webb Ellis Cup will be in Fiji for three days (26-29 June) days and will visit eight locations in and around Viti Levu including local schools and rugby clubs, before being the star attraction at Churchill Park for the match between Fiji and The Cook Islands to see who will take the Oceania 1 spot in Pool A alongside Australia, England and Wales at Rugby World Cup 2015.

“We are very excited to be taking the Webb Ellis Cup to Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour,” said Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015, Debbie Jevans.

“With their passion for the game I know that that the people of Fiji will help make our three day visit a celebration of Rugby which will culminate in their team taking on the Cook Islands for a spot at Rugby World Cup 2015.”

Land Rover's Least Driven Path, as part of their commitment to take the Trophy to places it has never visited before, will see the Webb Ellis Cup driven to Naqali and Naivuci, where Land Rover ambassador and legendary Fijian Rugby World Cup star, Viliame Satala, will conduct coaching clinics with the local children.

As part of the visit, DHL are set to host the third installment of their Rugby v The World Challenge at Raiwaqa Rugby Club in Suva.

The challenge will see New Zealand's Rugby World Cup 2011 winning prop John Afoa take on the Fiji Pearls Maria Lutua in Rugby v Netball.

John and Maria will firstly contest a lineout challenge with members of the Raiwaqa rugby team and the Fiji Netball Team. Roles will be reversed with a netball hoop shooting contest, with the final, and potentially deciding, challenge seeing John and Maria go head to head in Coconut husking, in a race against time around a four point course.

After Fiji the Webb Ellis Cup will journey onto Madagascar for a three-day visit which will include the conclusion of the Confederation Africaine de Rugby (CAR) Div 1A when Madagascar take on Namibia at the Mahamasina Stadium, which is part of the final round of African qualification for Rugby World Cup 2015.