The road to the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England begins with a tour of the Webb Ellis trophy around Europe. The next three years will showcase a grueling qualification process as countries from North America, Asia, South America and Africa compete across 184 matches for coveted spots at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
This series of videos feature rugby legends Will Greenwood, Olivier Magne, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Dan Luger taking the cup to famous rugby landmarks around Europe. The tour will end at Budapest, Hungary in time for the kick off for the first European qualifying match between Hungary and Bulgaria.
You can watch the tour so far on the videos below, each is between two and three minutes long.
Part 1 – Webb Ellis Cup road trip to Hungary
Former midfielder Will Greenwood, a World Cup winner with England in 2003, takes the Williams Webb Ellis Cup to the birth place of rugby, Rugby School in the town Rugby in Warwickshire, England. Legend has it that 189 years ago William Webb Ellis picked up the ball in a game of soccer and ran with it, thus inspiring the game of rugby union.
Part 2: European Road Trip to RWC 2015 – Paris
Next Will Greenwood meets France rugby legend Olivier Magne in Paris. The two discuss how much it would mean to France if they won the cup for the first time. Magne, the 89 cap back row forward, played a pivotal role in France’s win over New Zealand at the 1999 Rugby World Cup semi final, before losing the final to Australia. He also played in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, his team finishing fourth.
Part 3: Jonny Wilkinson in Menton, southern France
Another 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, Jonny Wilkinson takes the Webb Ellis Cup to the gravestone of William Webb Ellis, in Menton, southern France. Wilkinson famously kicked the winning drop goal against Australia in the 2003 final.
Part 4: Dallaglio and Luger in Monaco on RWC 2015 Euro trip
Lawrence Dallaglio and Dan Luger, both of whom won Rugby World Cup medals in 2003 with England, meet in the Principality of Monaco. Dallaglio was a former England captain who played flanker or number eight. Luger was a winder who played 38 times for England, scoring 21 tries. The pair discuss how much the World Cup means to them as players and to England, and how they predict the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be a very special event. Dallaglio then leaves to take the cup to its next stop: Budapest in time for the first of the European qualifiers, between Hungary and Bulgaria.