19th October 06:02 AM
Webb Ellis Trophy arrives in Fiji as part of RWC 2019 Trophy Tour
By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 17/05/2018
The Webb Ellis Trophy on Tavarua Island [Rugby World Cup]

The Webb Ellis Trophy has arrived in Fiji as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour. 

The heart-shaped Tavarua Island was the first location to start the four-day Trophy Tour in Fiji.

From Tavarua Island, the trophy will visit a number of locations across Viti Levu, from the Sigatoka sand dunes to local schools and a traditional firewalking ceremony. 

Staff of Tavarua Island Resort pose with the Webb Ellis Trophy [Photo: Rugby World Cup]

Tomorrow, the Trophy Tour will be joined by delegates from Kamaishi City, one of the twelve host cities in Japan for Rugby World Cup 2019. 

It will also pay a visit to the Fiji Rugby Union where the June Test Series will also be launched.

The Flying Fijians will open their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign against Australia before travelling to Kamaishi City to face Uruguay.

After the events of March 11, 2011, many associate Kamaishi with the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster.

Although devastated by the earthquake and tsunami, the city has made great strides in its recovery and this week announced that Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium will open on 19 August 2018.  

The Rugby World Cup takes place from 20th September to 2nd November 2019 and will be the first time the tournament is hosted in Asia.

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