17th Sep, 2019

Fans flock to see rugby’s biggest prize

Worcester Editorial 22nd Jul, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

RUGBY fans from across the region flocked to Sixways last weekend to see the World Cup.

The sport’s greatest prize visited the Worcester stadium on Saturday as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

It gave people the opportunity to take a photo of the Webb Ellis Cup while the British and Irish Cup and the Greene King IPA Championship trophy were also on show.

Youngsters were also able to take part in a tag tournament as well as funfair rides, live music, stadium tours and plenty of food and drink.

Worcester Warriors community coach Sam Johnson who helped organise the day, said: “It was a great success and everybody seemed to be having a really fun time.

“Supporters from all across the region including Warriors, Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby fans all came to have their picture with the trophy.

“A lot of Warriors fans also came to have their picture with the Championship and B&I Cup trophies too.”

He added: “We had an inflatable obstacle course and mini golf as well as music which made it a cracking family day out in the sunshine.

“It was a real family atmosphere and the excitement seems to be spreading throughout the region in anticipation for the World Cup when it starts in September. There was a really happy vibe about the place and even everyone queueing up to see the trophy was in good spirits.”

l Warriors will prepare for the new Aviva Premiership season in style when the world-famous Barbarians visit Sixways.

The match will see Dean Ryan’s new-look side go head-to-head with some of the most well-known players in world rugby on Saturday, September 5 (3pm).

Warriors chief executive Jim O’Toole said: “Bringing the Barbarians to Sixways will give rugby supporters from all across the region an opportunity to come and witness some of the sport’s highest profile players in action.

“This is an exciting first for the club and we hope to get as many people here as possible to create a real party atmosphere.

“Barbarians matches are always colourful affairs so we are delighted to give our supporters the opportunity to watch the sort of match they wouldn’t see every week in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup and Aviva Premiership season.”

Warriors boss Ryan has close links with the Barbarians, having coached the side to a 39-29 victory over England in June 2014.

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