Rugby's Webb Ellis Cup and Jonah Lomu visit Green Park

Named after William Webb Ellis, known as the founder of rugby football, the Webb Ellis Cup was first presented to the winning team of the Rugby World Cup in 1987, New Zealand All Blacks.  The cup is currently on a 100 day Trophy Tour of UK and Ireland before the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015 on 18 September. We are very proud that Green Park was chosen to host the cup during the Berkshire leg of its tour. Along with the trophy, we had former International All Blacks player, Jonah Lomu, making a guest appearance on the special day. Jonah very kindly signed his autograph on lots of merchandise provided by the members of the public who took the time to meet him and see the trophy.

The rain certainly did not hinder the occasion nor stop keen rugby fans from visiting this special trophy set up in the Conference Centre on Tuesday 25 August. We had roughly 400 people visit the trophy, meet Jonah and have a go at kicking a ball through the posts at Twickenham in the kicking simulator set up on the lawn by the Rugby Football Union.

Thank you to all who came along. The photos taken by Green Park photographer, Stewart Turkington are now on the Green Park Facebook page.