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The Webb Ellis Cup comes to Victoria Square

Birmingham City Council House in Victoria Square Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Webb Ellis Cup will be in Victoria Square this afternoon.

The famous trophy will be on display in front of the Council House between 2:00pm and 5:45pm and inside the Council House between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

The area is being transformed for rugby activities which the public can participate in.

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What is the Webb Ellis trophy?

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Webb Ellis Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup.

The trophy is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of rugby football.

Mr Webb Ellis was born on 24th November 1806 in Salford. He moved to Rugby in Warwickshire and was educated at Rugby School, before going to Oxford University.

The cup is currently touring the UK and Ireland ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup, which is being hosted by England.

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Leicestershire maze inspired by the Rugby World Cup

An aerial view of Wistow Maze and its rugby player scoring a try. Credit: ITV News Central

With England playing host to the Rugby World Cup this year, the Wistow Maze in Leicestershire has been inspired to create its own sporting tribute.

Open to the public for the first time this weekend, the new maze design has been created in the shape of a Rugby player scoring a try, with the trophy in the top left hand corner.

It's more than three miles long and the winding pathways snake through eight acres of corn plants.

It's estimated that up to 15,000 people visit the tourist attraction in the area each year.

Rugby World Cup on tour

Former World Cup winner Jason Leonard gets his hands on the trophy he won in 2003 Credit: ITV News Central/Michael Sibert

As England prepares to host the Rugby World Cup, the Webb Ellis Trophy is on tour in the West Midlands.

Former World Cup winner Jason Leonard, at Hereford Cathedral, gets

his hands on the trophy he won in 2003 as part of England's winning

side.

Fans will also have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the Cup at Sixways in Worcester this afternoon and at a party in Telford at 6pm this evening.

Wistow Maze takes on Rugby World Cup design

With England hosting this year's Rugby World Cup, Leicestershire's famous Wistow Maze has been created in the shape of a Rugby Player (scoring a try) this year.

It opens to the public tomorrow and features over three miles of intricate pathways carved through 8 acres of living corn.

The maze has been designed to celebrate England hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Credit: Wistow Maze

Leicester's King Power Stadium and Villa Park will host games during the tournament which gets underway in September.

Rugby World Cup trophy arrives in Midlands

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

The Rugby World Cup Trophy tour arrives in the Midlands for the first time today. The Webb Ellis Cup will be at Kingsholm in Gloucester, home of Gloucester Rugby Club and one of three grounds in the Midlands to host games during the tournament later this year.

Find out when the trophy is coming to your area here.

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