The National, Tuesday July 9th, 2013
THE Rugby World Cup also known as the William Webb Ellis Cup is coming to Port Moresby this Friday.
PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) president Richard Sapias said yesterday the purpose of bringing the Cup was because the winner of the Oceania Cup currently played in Port Moresby between PNG, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Tahiti would be vying for a chance to play Fiji in next year’s Rugby World Cup qualifier.
“The New Zealand RFU gave the okay to showcase the actual Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks won in 2011 after they defeated France 8-7 in New Zealand,” Sapias said.
“The trophy will be brought in by the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) general manager Will Glenwright on Friday. It will be on display at the Lloyd Robson Oval on Saturday when the final round of the Oceania Cup matches will be played and a winner is decided.”
He said the Cup would be under strict security. The William Webb Ellis Cup is named after William Webb Ellis from the Rugby school pupil in England and according to popular myth, invented rugby by picking up the ball during a football game.
The Webb Ellis Cup stands 38cm high and is silver gilded in gold, and supported by two cast scroll handles, one with the head of a satyr, and the other a head of a nymph.