WORLD Cup winner Will Greenwood brought the prestigious trophy to the Home of the Game on Monday as part of its journey to generate excitement in the 2015 event being held in England, exactly three years from now.
Torrential rain put paid to a planned coaching session, but he enjoyed lunch at Michell House, talking to the 1st XI and other pupils, and meeting Director of Games Simon Brown and school archivist Rusty MacLean, writes Zoe Ashton.
The Webb Ellis Cup is on its way to the first European qualification game between Hungary and Bulgaria in Budapest on October 6, where it will be displayed by fellow global ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio.
In the meantime Greenwood will take it to Paris and Menton in France, where Webb Ellis is buried - teaming up with Johnny Wilkinson - with other stops in Monaco and Milan.
Greenwood hopes the success of the Olympics will inspire interest in the 2015 World Cup: “The Olympics were unbelievable and that’s our benchmark. We hope we can come close,” he said.
“I learned today that when William Webb Ellis invented rugby here, they were already allowed to handle the ball, but not run with it!
“It is quite special for the School to have his name on the trophy and no doubt in the build-up to the 2015 tournament Rugby will be mobbed by tourists from all over the world.
“The game has taken me to the far corners of the globe and I’ll always be grateful to Webb Ellis.”