Nettleham was the only place in Lincolnshire honoured to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup, during it’s tour of the United Kingdom in preparation for the Rugby World Cup which begins on the 18th September 2015.
Coveted by the world’s best players, and seen by millions of fans, the Webb Ellis Cup is one of the game’s most instantly recognisable icons. The international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has seen the Webb Ellis Cup showcased to audiences around the world as part of the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015, from the 10th June the trophy began a 100-day tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, marking the final countdown to this year’s showcase tournament. Nettleham is the new home of the Lincoln Rugby Football Club on Lodge Lane, which moved to the site in recent years, and local civic leaders were invited to be part of the event, including District Councillor Giles McNeill, who said:
“It is great to have the Rugby World Cup here, and we are very proud to welcome the cup to Nettleham, and with the Vice-Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Roger Patterson, here, welcome the cup to West Lindsey.”
Around eight hundred people turned out to have their picture taken with the Rugby World Cup. Lincoln RFC held a Touch Rugby tournament involving all aspects and sections of the club, and the strong military presence in the area, was represented by a flypast by the RAF’s Red Arrows display team.