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Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
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Rugby World Cup Golden Moments

There have been a huge number of memorable moments in the 20-year history of the Rugby World Cup. Think of the last minute drop-goals to beat Australia by Rob Andrew (in 1995), and Johnny Wilkinson...

Format: DVD
Duration: 90 min.
Zone: 2

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Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
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Author: Donna Dailey; Hope Caton; Mike Gerrard

Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide

The only authorized guide for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, this full-color reference to the world's third largest sporting event is packed with stadium maps and information on sports bars, big screen rugby...
  
Format: Softcover 

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The History of the Rugby World Cup
The History of the Rugby World Cup
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Author: Gerald Davies

The History of the Rugby World Cup

Featuring interviews with players past and present, including Sean Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Davies, Philippe Sella, Will Carling, Keith Wood and Martin Johnson, this guide offers a detailed analysis of the...
  
Format: Paperback 

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Rugby! What Rugby?
Rugby! What Rugby?
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Author: Roger Entwistle

Rugby! What Rugby? Rugby World Cup 2007

Category: Humour
  
Format: Softcover
Pages: 72
Illustrations: 8   

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The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
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Author: Chris Hawkes

The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide

"The Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide" gives the reader all they need to know about the sixth contest for the Webb Ellis Trophy. The book features a guide to all 20 competing teams, with information on their...
  
Format: Softcover 

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category: Rugby World Cup
RUGBY WORLD CUP ORIGINS

HOW IT STARTED

In June 1983 Australia proposed a World Cup and put itself as host, and the following year New Zealand put forward it's case. In a major breakthrough, The International Rugby Board instigated a World Cup feasibility study, with Australia and New Zealand forming a joint working committee and the study began in December 1984.

At a meeting in Paris on 20-21 March 1985, the International Rugby Board held a vote on the concept. It was no secret that England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales were opposed to the idea, with Australia, New Zealand & France in favour. South Africa's crucial vote went in favour of the event, then when England and Wales changed their mind and voted in favour the World Cup finally had the go ahead.

THE WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS TROPHY

William Web Ellis TrophyIt all started in 1987, a few months before the kick-off of the first Rugby World Cup. When the late World Cup Chairman John Kendall-Carpenter went to Garrards and saw the handsome yet, at the time, impersonal piece of silverware, he immediately knew that he had found what he was looking for: a trophy to fit both the occasion and the traditions of the Game.

"I felt that a Victorian, not a Georgian trophy would be appropriate, made of silver - a masculine metal - rather than gold. The craftsmanship of the period and the beauty of the piece would have to project the past into the present. At Garrards, I was told by Richard Jarvis, one of their directors, that they had re-acquired, that very day, a piece of silverware, a copy of a Victorian cup which was made in their own workshop in 1906. When they brought the cup from the vaults, I immediately knew I had found what I was looking for. It was heavy, it was compact, it was handsome" he recalled.

The trophy made an equally powerful impression on the IRFB Rugby World Cup Organising Sub-Committee, of Ronnie Dawson of Ireland, Keith Rowlands of Wales, Bob Stuart of New Zealand, Bill Turnbull of Australia, the two RWC Executive Directors Dick Littlejohn of New Zealand and Sir Nicholas Shehadie of Australia, who approved it unanimously.

"It struck us all as a very beautiful piece of silverware. We felt that it was very appropriate for Rugby Football and its rich tradition. A very inspired choice, and I have to confess that it was one of the very few unanimous decisions of that committee" Keith Rowlands IRFB Secretary and RWC Director said.

Paul de LamerieThe Webb Ellis Trophy, made in 1906 by Garrards is a copy of a cup created by a famous Victorian silversmith Paul de Lamerie in 1740. The original is now in the collection of one of the Goldsmiths Company in London. De Lamerie, one of the leading silversmiths of the 18th century fled religious persecutions of his native France to seek shelter in England. The Huguenot craftsman set up shop in Soho, about 200 yards from the current headquarters of Garrards in Regent Street, around 1730. De Lamerie produced an immense range of cups and trophies, which are now in private collections all over the world. The Cup, made of sterling silver, gilded in gold, is 15 inches tall. A satyr head adorns one of the two cast scroll handles while the other is decorated with a nymph head, with bearded mask, lion mask and vine terminals.

The Cup commenced its march towards immortality on 22 May on the day of the game New Zealand v Italy in the 1987 World Cup and acquired star status when New Zealandcaptain David Kirk hoisted it above his head at Eden Park on 20 June 1987. Since then, the 108 ounces of pure sterling silver have travelled the world over. It has been touched by Royalty and by Aborigine bushmen, by New Zealand sailors and by French farmers. It was lifted with pride and joy by the Wallaby captain Nick-Farr Jones on 2 November 1991 to become in the subsequent years the focus of a formidable revival of Rugby Union in Australia. After two years in the Antipodes, it returned to the UK to be given a face lift by Garrards in 1994.

Nicknamed "Bill" by the irreverent Australians, it has now become the Holy Grail of Rugby Football. Nineteen years ago a nameless piece of silverware in the Garrards trophy room, the William Webb Ellis trophy has become the ultimate symbol of supremacy in Rugby Union.





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