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Rugby World Cup trophy greeted by Roman soldiers

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan poses with the trophy. Credit: ITV West Country

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan has been leading the Webb Ellis Cup across the North West.

This morning it was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall to mark 50 days until the start of the tournament.

Mark Regan told ITV News West Country that "excitement is building" for the event and he is "throughly looking forward" to England playing at Twickenham.

This morning the trophy was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall. Credit: ITV West Country

Webb Ellis Cup comes to Kingsholm

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

The Rugby World Cup is on show today at the only venue in our region to host part of the tournament later this year.

Schoolchildren have been given the chance to have a photograph with The Webb Ellis Cup at Gloucester's Kingsholm ground. 2003 winner and Gloucester coach Trevor Woodman then hosted a question and answer session.

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Trophy arrives in Gloucester

The Webb Ellis Trophy at Kingsholm Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Webb Ellis Trophy has arrived at Gloucester Rugby Club as part of its tour of the west country. It's at the Kingsholm ground which will be the only one in the region to host World Cup games in September.

The first World Cup match at Kingsholm will be Tonga versus Georgia on Saturday September 19th.

School haka greets Rugby World Cup in Bath

Schoolchildren perform the haka at Bath Uni Training Village Credit: ITV Westcountry

Children from Oldfield Primary School and Banes Youth Dance Company staged their own version of the haka for the arrival of the Rugby World Cup in Bath.

The famous Webb Ellis Trophy arrived at Bath University's Sports Training Village at the start of its tour of the west country. Further details here.

100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup

Gloucester is a host city for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Credit: England Rugby 2015

It's 100 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester is one of 13 match venues.

To mark the countdown in the city local schools, clubs, and community groups allocated some of the 500 tickets available to Gloucester City Council as a host city.

It’s exciting that we are only 100 days away from the kick off of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

These 500 tickets give the opportunity for local groups to witness world class Rugby up close and personal.

It’s a great gesture that really embraces the spirit of bringing people and nations together through this fantastic spectacle of sport.

– Cllr Paul James, Leader Gloucester City Council

Gloucester will get an official Fanzone for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Gloucester Quays will be open for 11 days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.

As well as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Tournament, the Webb Ellis Cup starts its journey around the UK and Ireland as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

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Thousands of new Rugby World Cup tickets go on sale

Gloucester will host Rugby World Cup matches. Credit: England Rugby 2015

Rugby fans who don't have their World Cup tickets yet can relax - 20,000 new tickets go on sale today.

With Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium one of the venues hosting World Cup matches, rugby fever is going strong in our region. Local clubs are getting young people involved, and fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see the biggest event in the rugby calendar on their home turf.

Click here for the link to the ticket sale. More will be released over the next few months, before the tournament begins in September.

Special World Cup Fanzone will be set up in Gloucester

Gloucester will get an official Fanzone for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, it has been revealed.

Gloucester Quays will be open for 11 days to allow supporters to share the World Cup experience.

Gloucester Docks will host a special Fanzone Credit: England Rugby 2015

Each fanzone will include a big screen, rugby activities, food and drink and what organisers are calling "unique regional content". It'll have room for more than 5,000 spectators.

A map of the southern Fanzones Credit: England Rugby 2015

The Webb Ellis Trophy heads West

The Rugby World Cup will be on tour around the West Country later in the year. It'll be in the South West between July 7 to 17.

The Webb Ellis Trophy is heading west

A full list of where it will be in the South West:

  • July 7 - Isle of Scilly Five Islands School, Eden Project, and Perranporth Beach
  • July 8 - Plymouth University, Dartmoor National Park, Exmouth RFC, and Crediton RFC
  • July 9 - South West
  • July 10 - Sandy Park, and Woodbury Park, Exeter
  • July 11 - Exeter City Centre
  • July 12 - Weymouth Beach, Oakmeadians RFC and Devizes
  • July 13 - University of Bath, Odd Down Playing Fields, and Guildhall
  • July 14 - South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, and Bristol Grammar School
  • July 15 - Kingsholm Stadium, Hartpury College, and Gloucester Cathedral
  • July 16 - Gloucester Docks, Gloucester City Museum, and Cheltenham RFC

Launching on June 10, 100 days to go to the opening match, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on September 18 ahead of the Opening Ceremony.

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