VIDEO: Rugby World Cup trophy comes to Northumberland

The Rugby World Cup trophy touched down in Northumberland today, as part of celebrations to mark England hosting the tournament.

The iconic Webb Ellis Cup visited Alnwick Rugby Club from 5pm to 7pm and sports fans of all ages had their picture taken beside it.

The Rugby World Cup trophy came to Alnwick today. Pictured from left are Alnwick junior players Angus Armstrong, Archie Cook, Ben Adamson and Henry Armstrong. Picture by Michael Pearson.

The Rugby World Cup trophy came to Alnwick today. Pictured from left are Alnwick junior players Angus Armstrong, Archie Cook, Ben Adamson and Henry Armstrong. Picture by Michael Pearson.

Alnwick was the only club in the county to host the famous gilded silver prize and hundreds of people turned out to catch a glimpse, including the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.

Club president Bill Thompson said it was an honour for the trophy to come to Alnwick, while the Duchess of Northumberland described it as exciting.

Representatives from 14 clubs around the county attended the special event and youngsters participated in skills sessions and mini games.

Ali Gaines, who is chairman of Alnwick’s mini and junior section, said he hoped existing members and potential new recruits would be inspired after seeing the cup.

Alnwick vice-chairman Brian Lamb with grandson Gabriel Lamb. Picture by Michael Pearson

Alnwick vice-chairman Brian Lamb with grandson Gabriel Lamb. Picture by Michael Pearson

The Rugby World Cup begins on Friday, September 18, when England host Fiji at Twickenham. Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground is holding three pool matches, including South Africa versus Scotland and the game between New Zealand and Tonga.

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