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Jedburgh do the Borders proud as Rugby World Cup arrives

Children in Jedburgh get to pose with the Cup. Photo: ITV News

The William Webb Ellis Cup arrived at Carter Bar this morning on the Scotland-England border for the first day of its five-day Scottish tour.

As former England World Cup star Will Greenwood drove it over the border, he was met by players from Ponteland and Jed-Forest, who posed with the most famous rugby trophy in the world.

At Carter Bar. Credit: ITV News

The weather could not have been better.

Bright sunshine heralded the start of this leg of the tour, and former Scottish internationals Roy Laidlaw and Chris Paterson were there to welcome the party.

They also officially marked 100 days until the opening game between England and Fiji at Twickenham on September 18th.

Legends pose with the trophy. Credit: ITV News

The Scottish Borders has set the benchmark for everybody else with their welcome. The backdrop of the Jedburgh Abbey is stunning and I got to meet some of my rugby heroes too!"

– Will Greenwood, former England Rugby player

Will’s father Richard coached England when he was a boy and has memories of the time he watched in the stand at Murrayfield as England suffered one of their worst defeats against the Auld Enemy.

Richard also went to Sedbergh School, in Cumbria, when he was young.

I remember putting my head in my hands saying ‘Daddy what have you done!’

Finlay Calder and Jedforest’s Roy Laidlaw inspired me back then and it was brilliant to meet them today.

But this whole tour is about inspiring youngsters and I’m sure today we’ll see kids seeing the World Cup and wanting to play rugby in the future. This is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

– Will Greenwood, former England Rugby player
Children pose with the trophy in Jedburgh. Credit: ITV News

Jed Thistle Rugby Club hosted a big festival of rugby and sport in front of the Jedburgh Abbey.

The countdown is very much on as World Cup Fever grows over the next 100 days to the start of rugby’s greatest competition.

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