New rugby-themed art piece unveiled for World Cup

Rugby Borough Council leader, Cllr Michael Stokes, with 'The Kick'
Rugby Borough Council leader, Cllr Michael Stokes, with 'The Kick'

A new piece of public art has been unveiled as Rugby prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to the Proud Home of the game.

The Kick, a wire sculpture of a rugby player preparing to kick for goal, was designed by environmental artist David Gosling in readiness for the town’s Rugby World Cup celebrations.

Gosling, who made the iconic wire donkey sculptures which stand in the paddock at the bottom of Newbold Road, has been commissioned by Rugby Borough Council to create three new pieces to celebrate the borough’s status as the birthplace of the game.

Working with fellow environmental artist Tony Davies, Gosling’s The Pass, which stands on the Whitehall Road roundabout, was unveiled in July, while The Kick now takes pride of place on the Coventry Road roundabout which links to the Western Relief Road.

And Gosling’s final new work has been unveiled.

The sculptures form part of a council programme of enhancements for the borough, which includes new street furniture, solar-powered street bins and the introduction of free wi-fi in the town centre.

The programme also includes new ‘Welcome to Rugby’ signs across the borough to greet visitors to the birthplace of the game.

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “We’re ready to welcome thousands of rugby fans making the pilgrimage to the birthplace of the game.

“The enhancement programme and our official Rugby World Cup status as the Proud Home of the game has transformed the borough, demonstrating the council’s commitment to making the most of the opportunities the tournament brings to Rugby.

“The programme also creates a lasting legacy for residents, ensuring we have a home to be proud of long after the tournament has come to an end.”