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RWC 2015: Delivering the Trophy from Auckland to Dublin

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DHL Rugby: Delivering the Webb Ellis Cup from New Zealand to Ireland

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After an incredible journey, DHL has completed its task of hand-carrying the Webb Ellis Cup – the Trophy hoisted by the Rugby World Cup (RWC) victors every four years – from the current champions (New Zealand) back to the International Rugby Board (IRB) in Ireland. Watch all the highlights in the video above. Now that the Trophy tour has ended, the greatest journey in Rugby – the road to the next Rugby World Cup 2015 – begins.

Whirlwind, whistle-stop tour

New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and England – it was a whirlwind, whistle-stop tour through all Rugby World Cup-winning nations before returning to Ireland, delivered by DHL and chaperoned by some of the game’s greatest legends. New Zealand All Black superstar Grant Fox, who won the inaugural tournament in 1987, travelled with the Trophy from country to country as DHL ambassador.

After his frantic, five-day, globe-spanning legs of the trip from New Zealand to England, Grant handed his special delivery over to England’s sure-handed Lawrence Dallaglio, who hoisted the Trophy for his country in 2003 and would look after it on the UK leg of the tour.

In Dublin, Grant’s old teammate Sean Fitzpatrick was joined by Ireland’s Keith Wood to welcome the Trophy to Ireland. And the tour came to an official close when New Zealand’s current captain and RWC 2011 winner Richie McCaw personally handed over the Webb Ellis Cup to IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset on November 18 in front of a large audience of Rugby Unions and organizations affiliated with the sport as part of the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference.

Road to RWC 2015 begins

It was one heck of a trip over the past few weeks, and although DHL is proud to have successfully delivered the greatest prize in rugby across the globe, the journey is far from over. The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 is really just beginning as we build on the success of RWC 2011 prepare for our second appearance as the Official Logistics Partner of one of the world’s largest sporting events in one of the world’s fastest growing sports.

Relive the Trophy tour
Watch all the highlights of this incredible journey in this video and read more about the tour, including Grant Fox’s own account, at Link / New Window, filtering the stream for “sports” and “article”.

Rugby fans: keep up with all the action in international rugby as well as our partnerships with great clubs like the DHL Stormers of South Africa and the Harlequins F.C. of England by following DHL Rugby here:
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