Prince Harry and 2003 Rugby World Cup winners Johnny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood launched the Rugby World Cup trophy tour at Twickenham Stadium today, with 100 days until the tournament begins on Friday 18th September.
The trio were joined by local schoolchildren from Richmond and Hounslow, as well as RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, England Rugby 2015 chairman Andy Cosslett, managing director Stephen Brown, and Rugby World Cup Limited director David Pickering to send the Webb Ellis Cup on a tour across the UK and Ireland.
It will travel through Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England, counting down to the start of the tournament, before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on 18th September ahead of the opening ceremony.
The trophy visits Brighton on 31st August and 1st September, giving local fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Webb Ellis Trophy. Click here to view the full Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour schedule
England 2015 managing director, Stephen Brown, said: "The 100 days to go milestone today marks a key countdown moment for rugby fans. We were delighted to be joined by Prince Harry and our Rugby World Cup winning ambassadors Jonny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood today to launch the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour from Twickenham Stadium.
“The trophy will embark on a full 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland, following the successful International Trophy Tour of 15 countries over the last 12 months, and will engage and inspire the nation to be part of this fantastic tournament, enabling fans to create unforgettable memories in the lead up to the very exciting six weeks of rugby ahead of us all."
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Today also sees the start of the Festival of Rugby 2015 programme which runs until 31st October. The programme, delivered in partnership with the RFU, enables any event with a connection to rugby or a rugby theme to be part of a nationwide festival and is supported via www.festivalofrugby2015.com.
A total of two million tickets have been sold for matches at the tournament and fans can keep an eye on any additional tickets added to general sale, including the South Africa v Japan and Samoa v USA matches at the Brighton Community Stadium, here.