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Rugby League World Cup 2013 - putting the tour in tournament

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#1 Honor James

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:29 PM

Rugby League’s magnificent World Cup trophy is hitting the road, starting today, Tuesday October 9 2012 with the Trophy Tour launch at the birthplace of the game: The George Hotel, Huddersfield.

Rugby League World Cup stars past and present, including Martin Offiah, will send the trophy on its way around the UK. In addition, a class of schoolchildren from Scholes Junior School in Holmfirth will perform a version of the dramatic scene from the now famous meeting of the Northern Union.

The 61cm high, silver-plated trophy has a fascinating and illustrious past. It was commissioned by Paul Barrière, a former French Resistance fighter, for Rugby League’s inaugural 1954 World Cup and the trophy was presented to the winning nation at the next four tournaments before being stolen from Bradford’s Midland Hotel, six days before the 1970 final.

20 years later father-of-four Stephen Uttley discovered the trophy, which had originally cost eight million French Francs (approx. £500,000 today), among rubbish dumped in a ditch near the Bradford & Bingley Rugby League Club. It was brought back into use for the 2000 World Cup and presented to the victorious Australian team.

RLWC2013 Tournament Director, Nigel Wood said: “This magnificent trophy was one of the great Paul Barrière’s many gifts to our game and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

“As part of our promotional plans for the tournament, the trophy will travel around the UK throughout the rest of 2012 and on into next year – right up to the first game at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on October 26 2013.

“We’d like to thank reigning champions New Zealand for giving us the opportunity to take the trophy on the road in this way and also the children from Scholes Junior School for their great performance”.

The highlights of the tour in 2012 including visits to Downing Street, The Senedd at The National Assembly for Wales, The St Helens’ Schools Whittle Cup Festival and Old Trafford, as well as the forthcoming Autumn International series matches at Lens, Wrexham, Hull and Salford.

Twitter: #rlwc2013 @rlwc2013
Facebook: /rugbyleagueworldcup

Martin Johnston
RLWC2013 Communications Manager

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#2 Roughyedz

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:55 PM

Rugby League’s magnificent World Cup trophy is hitting the road, starting today, Tuesday October 9 2012 with the Trophy Tour launch at the birthplace of the game: The George Hotel, Huddersfield.

Rugby League World Cup stars past and present, including Martin Offiah, will send the trophy on its way around the UK. In addition, a class of schoolchildren from Scholes Junior School in Holmfirth will perform a version of the dramatic scene from the now famous meeting of the Northern Union.

The 61cm high, silver-plated trophy has a fascinating and illustrious past. It was commissioned by Paul Barrière, a former French Resistance fighter, for Rugby League’s inaugural 1954 World Cup and the trophy was presented to the winning nation at the next four tournaments before being stolen from Bradford’s Midland Hotel, six days before the 1970 final.

20 years later father-of-four Stephen Uttley discovered the trophy, which had originally cost eight million French Francs (approx. £500,000 today), among rubbish dumped in a ditch near the Bradford & Bingley Rugby League Club. It was brought back into use for the 2000 World Cup and presented to the victorious Australian team.

RLWC2013 Tournament Director, Nigel Wood said: “This magnificent trophy was one of the great Paul Barrière’s many gifts to our game and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

“As part of our promotional plans for the tournament, the trophy will travel around the UK throughout the rest of 2012 and on into next year – right up to the first game at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on October 26 2013.

“We’d like to thank reigning champions New Zealand for giving us the opportunity to take the trophy on the road in this way and also the children from Scholes Junior School for their great performance”.

The highlights of the tour in 2012 including visits to Downing Street, The Senedd at The National Assembly for Wales, The St Helens’ Schools Whittle Cup Festival and Old Trafford, as well as the forthcoming Autumn International series matches at Lens, Wrexham, Hull and Salford.

Twitter: #rlwc2013 @rlwc2013
Facebook: /rugbyleagueworldcup

Martin Johnston
RLWC2013 Communications Manager



Is there the slightest chance that you can actually put the itinerary on here .........you never know , people might even come out and look at the trophy , unless of course you are DELIBERATELY keeping it a secrect so NOBODY can see it at all ????????t
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#3 brooza

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

Is there the slightest chance that you can actually put the itinerary on here .........you never know , people might even come out and look at the trophy , unless of course you are DELIBERATELY keeping it a secrect so NOBODY can see it at all ????????t

Here it is for the rest of the year

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#4 deluded pom?

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:07 PM

Good to see it will be at the France v Wales game too.

Edited by deluded pom?, 09 October 2012 - 05:08 PM.

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#5 Futtocks

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:00 PM

Trophy tour news from Limerick.

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