Rugby World Cup trophy tour hits Vancouver (PHOTOS)

Noah Bergstrom / March 27, 2019

The trophy is on a world tour that includes 18 nations ahead of this year’s tournament in Japan.
(Matt Lawson / BCIT News)

Every four years the Rugby World Cup is hosted by a different country from around the globe.  The trophy known as the Webb Ellis Cup is currently touring the world before the event kicks off in Japan this September.

Today’s stop was at Vancouver’s Hillcrest Field, where students of the game came down to catch a glimpse of the sports ultimate hardware.

Rugby culture seems to grow in B.C. every year and with the city still abuzz from another successful edition of Vancouver’s HSBC Sevens event, Canada rugby was able to show off the Webb Ellis at a prime time.

Considered the worlds third largest sporting event, the rugby world cup tournament has been in operation since 1987. This year will be the first time it’s played in Asia and the ninth instalment ever.

Canada was the final team to qualify this year – they’ve clinched a position in every tournament since its inception – but only New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and England, have won.

Gareth Rees was a 4 time world cup competitor for team Canada and he joined the cup for stops yesterday in Victoria and today at Hillcrest.

Rees spoke to rugby Canada about wanting to grow the game and was featured in their social media coverage of the event.

12 venues across Japan will host the event from September 20th to the Championship match on November 2nd in Yokohama.

All photos by Matt Lawson.