Prized possession

Tavarua Island Resort staff members pose with the Webb Ellis Cup on the beach during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour at Tavarua Island Resort yesterday on Namotu Island. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

FIJIAN rugby fans will get the opportunity to see and take photos of the Webb Ellis Cup after the arrival of the Rugby World Cup prized possession this week in Fiji. Fiji is the fourth country visited as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour.

The cup has been on Tavarua Island and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes for the past two days and will be in the Capital City today.

The prestigious rugby silverware will also be taken to selected schools and communities in the country.

Today, the trophy tour will be joined by delegates from Kamaishi City, one of the 12 host cities in Japan for Rugby World Cup 2019. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said Fijians had a passion for rugby and they would be excited to see the cup.

“We are very excited to be taking the Webb Ellis Cup to Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour,” he said.

“With their passion for the game, I am certain that the people of Fiji will help make the visit a true celebration of rugby as we continue the journey towards Rugby World Cup 2019.

“In the week that the official opening date for the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium was announced, I am delighted that delegates from Kamaishi will take part in the tour, to share their remarkable and inspiring story and to deliver a traditional flag to the people of Fiji.

“United by their love of rugby, there is no doubt that the Fijian team and their fans will receive a very warm welcome to Kamaishi in 2019.”

Fiji Rugby Union’s John O’Connor said “The Webb Ellis Cup was a symbol of the sport that we all love and all Rugby World Cup nations compete fearlessly for every four years.”

Fiji is pooled with Australia, Wales and Georgia for the 2019 RWC.

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