Rugby World Cup tour takes in Gravesend school

PUBLISHED: 14:32 04 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:32 04 September 2015

The Webb Ellis Cup at the Helen Allison School, Maidstone

The Webb Ellis Cup at the Helen Allison School, Maidstone


The Webb Ellis Cup reached the area on day 85 of its UK tour

Rugby’s biggest prize - the Webb Ellis Cup - visited a Meopham school yesterday.

The trophy is currently on a 100 day tour of the UK in advance of the Rugby World Cup, which will see its first games played on September 19.

It arrived in Meopham at the Helen Allison School - a specialist school for those with autism - on day 85 of its tour. Pupils and teachers got to the see the cup, before it left to continue its tour to Maidstone.

Susan Conway, Principal of the NAS Helen Allison School, said: “It was a wonderful day and a great way to start the new school year for the staff, students and their parents.

“All our students are on the autism spectrum and we try to involve them in the community and what’s going on nationally wherever possible. So we were delighted to be part of the build up to World Cup. Our students were really excited to see the cup and I hope it will inspire them in their studies and in sport more generally.”

The cup’s tour has seen it spend five days on tour in Scotland, 10 days in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and 10 days in Wales. The lion’s share of its time though, has been in England, with 75 days spent touring the country before it arrives in Twickenham for the opening ceremony of the tournament on September 18.

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