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World Cup heroes mark 100 days to go

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 June 2015

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)

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2003 winners Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood joined by Prince Harry at Twickenham Stadium

The Webb Ellis Cup at  with Jonny Wilkinson, Will Greenwood (centre) and Prince Harry (right) (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)The Webb Ellis Cup at with Jonny Wilkinson, Will Greenwood (centre) and Prince Harry (right) (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)

The Rugby World Cup is drawing ever closer and Twickenham Stadium played host to a ceremony marking 100 days until the opening match - England v Fiji - on September 18.

There are five fixtures scheduled to be played at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, including the third place play-off on October 30.

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)

Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood, who were part of the squad that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003, were joined by Prince Harry and hundreds of school children in west London.

Starting in Scotland, the cup will visit all the home nations before returning to the capital in time for the first game of this year’s tournament.

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (pic: David Davies/Press Association for England Rugby 2015/Handout)

Wilkinson, Greenwood and Prince Harry loaded the trophy into the back of a Land Rover to set it on its way.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) also used the occassion to provide an update on how preparations for the competition are coming along, with both parties still insistent it will be the best yet.

“Rugby World Cup 2015 has the ability to create a step change in interest in participation for rugby in England that will benefit generations to come,” said RFU chief exectuive Ian Ritchie.

“The RFU aims to deliver a meaningful legacy by creating more capacity, improved facilities, more people – coaches, officials and volunteers - and more schools offering rugby and we continue to work closely with England Rugby 2015 to maximise the impact both in 2015 and beyond.”

ER 2015 managing director Stephen Brown added: “As the organising committee we are pleased to be fully on track with our delivery plan. We’ve sold two million tickets, recruited 6,000 volunteers who will form ‘The Pack’, confirmed our 15 official fanzones and are delivering a Rugby World Cup 2015 testing and readiness programme.

“We continue to work hard with all our key stakeholders to ensure Rugby World Cup 2015 is a true celebration of Rugby for the nation and the watching world.”

The milestone also sees the beginning of the “Festival of Rugby” which aims to build on the interest in the tournament and attract more people to the sport.

Hundreds of events will be held across the country as a part of this. For information on what is happening in east London, visit www.festivalofrugby2015.com.


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