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Enjoy Webb Ellis, Fiji: Beaumont

Rugby’s greatest prize – the Webb Ellis Cup is in Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour. Fiji is the fourth country visited as part of
18 May 2018 10:00
Enjoy Webb Ellis, Fiji: Beaumont
The Tavarua Island Resort staff pose with the Webb Ellis Cup at Tavarua Island.

Rugby’s greatest prize – the Webb Ellis Cup is in Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour.

Fiji is the fourth country visited as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijian Skipper Akapusi Qera leads the cibi at Twickenham  Stadium during the Rugby World Cup.  Photo: World Rugby

Fiji Airways Flying Fijian Skipper Akapusi Qera leads the cibi at Twickenham Stadium during the Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby

The Webb Ellis Cup was taken to Tavarua Island, Sigatoka sand dunes and engages local communities through school and village visits on Wednesday.

The Webb Ellis Cup will be in Suva at the Fiji Rugby Union headquarters today.

World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont, said: “We are very excited to be taking the Webb Ellis Cup to Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour,” Beaumont said.

“With their passion for the game I am certain that that the people of Fiji will help make the visit a true celebration of rugby as we continue the journey towards Rugby World Cup 2019.

“In the week that the official opening date for the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium was announced, I am delighted that delegates from Kamaishi will take part in the tour, to share their remarkable and inspiring story and to deliver a traditional flag to the people of Fiji.

“United by their love of rugby, there is no doubt that the Fijian team and their fans will receive a very warm welcome to Kamaishi in 2019.”

Fiji Airways Flying Fijian performing the cibi.  Photo: Zimbio

Fiji Airways Flying Fijian performing the cibi. Photo: Zimbio

Fiji Rugby Chief executive officer John O’Connor added; “The Webb Ellis Cup is a huge symbol of the sport that we all love and one that all Rugby World Cup nations compete fearlessly for every four years,” O’Connor said.

“To have the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour grace our shores and pay a personal visit to Rugby House is indeed a huge honour and a very important one as it reminds us of what is at stake in Japan.

“The FRU management, our coaching panel and our players know of the huge challenge ahead of us and the hard yards we need to put into preparation so we can be competitive at Rugby World Cup 2019,” he said.

Fiji has played in all Rugby World Cup tournaments to date, with the exception of 1995 when they did not qualify. Next year in Japan, a competitive Pool D waits as Fiji face Australia, Wales, Georgia and Uruguay. The Fijian side will be eager to match or better their previous best performances, reaching the quarter finals in the inaugural 1987 and 2007 tournaments.

Edited by Osea  Bola

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