Palmy wins Wil­liam Webb El­lis Tro­phy

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

The All Blacks his­toric Rugby World Cup win has a golden lin­ing for Palmer­ston North. Once our Christ­mas is over and out of the way, we can bask in the glo­ries of the All Blacks’ Christ­mas.

The Wil­liam Webb El­lis Tro­phy will be on dis­play at the Rugby Mu­seum from De­cem­ber 27 – Jan­uary 18, an ex­cited Stephen Berg has an­nounced.

‘‘It’s very cool, and we’re be dis­play­ing a few other tro­phies too, to sup­port it,’’ Stephen says.

The Webb El­lis Tro­phy was last at the Rugby Mu­seum in Oc­to­ber 2013. This will be the first chance lo­cals will have to check out the lat­est en­grav­ing.

As far as the other cups are con­cerned – they’re the heavy­weights. The Bledis­loe Cup, that sym­bol of trans-Tas­man rugby ri­valry re­turns, along with the Free­dom Cup played since 2004 dur­ing the Tri-Na­tions se­ries be­tween New Zealand and South Africa, and the Hil­lary Shield played be­tween Eng­land and New Zealand.

‘‘Those last two are not all that well known, and it’s the first time we’ve been able to dis­play them here.’’

The fifth tro­phy is the World Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship Cup also held by New Zealand.

‘‘We’re really pleased the NZ Rugby Union is let­ting th­ese tro­phies out.’’

The mu­seum will be open 10am–5pm daily, ex­cept New Year’s Day.

PHOTO: REUTERS

The cup is com­ing.

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