Fans give good vibes
Porirua rugby fans got to see the famous Webb Ellis Cup first hand as part of its nationwide tour last week.
The most prestigious trophy in world rugby was unlocked from its vault and escorted by former All Black captain and Wellington Rugby Legacy chairman Andy Leslie around the region last Thursday.
The Webb Ellis Cup is one of the most recognised international sporting trophies but is rarely seen in public, so fans of all ages lined up for the opportunity to be photographed with the golden cup.
Porirua City mayor Nick Leggett said it was ‘‘absolutely fantastic’’ to have the cup at Te Rauparaha Arena for three hours.
‘‘We’re certainly putting a lot of positive Porirua vibes into bringing the World Cup home to New Zealand this year.’’
Wellington Rugby Football Union’s amateur rugby manager Will Caccia-Birch said they wanted everyone to be able to see the cup ‘‘in all its glory’’.
‘‘We are pleased that we are able to show the cup in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Porirua. It is also very fitting to have the cup escorted by Andy Leslie, one of the legends of our game here in Wellington.’’
Young rugby fan Ali Leota of Ranui said he was ‘‘ really excited’’ about the Rugby World Cup 2011.
‘‘ I’m excited especially because it’s gonna be at home. The world will be watching us.’’
He, his friends and family are all backing the All Blacks, of course.
Our precious: Rugby fans, from left, Vincent ‘‘Vinny’’ Sakaria, Ali Leota and
Daniel ReueluBuchanan went to Te Rauparaha
Arena to see the real
Rugby World Cup up close.