Prince Harry kicks off the countdown to the Rugby World Cup

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Prince Harry kicked off the countdown to the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday 10th, joined by Cup winners Johnny Wilkinson and Will Greenwood, to launch the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour with a 100 days to go.

The trio were joined by local school children to send the Webb Ellis Cup off on its hundred day journey around the UK and Ireland.

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will visit over 300 events, with the aim of providing as many people as possible with the chance to the Webb Ellis Cup.

The Trophy Tour will spend five days in Scotland, five days in Northern Ireland, five days in the Republic of Ireland, ten days in Wales and 75 days in England before arriving at the opening ceremony on 18th September.

This follows the international trophy tour which completed visits to 15 countries in the run up to England 2015.

Speaking at Twickenham Stadium, Prince Harry said, “This is a very exciting day – just 100 days until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015. I am pleased to send the Webb Ellis Cup on the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour which will enable rugby fans from across the country to play their part in the build up to the tournament.

Adding, “Rugby is a game built on values – respect, pride, teamwork and discipline. In 100 days’ time, England and Cardiff will play host to an incredible festival of rugby with the world’s best players, the world’s best teams and of course the world’s greatest fans demonstrating these values.”

Ticket sales last week hit two million through all official sales channels, including general sale and the official hospitality and travel programmes.

England Rugby 2015 also announced details of their CSR ticketing programme ‘Engaged’ which will see 15,000 tickets allocated across the host cities, the town of Rugby, the Mayor of London’s Sports Legacy Programmes, RFU Regional Legacy Boards, the Injured Players Foundation and Tickets for Troops.

England Rugby 2015 managing director, Stephen Brown, said: “As the organising committee we are pleased to be fully on track with our delivery plan. We’ve sold 2 million tickets, recruited 6,000 volunteers who will form ‘The Pack’, confirmed our 15 official Fanzones and are delivering a Rugby World Cup 2015 testing and readiness programme. We continue to work hard with all our key stakeholders to ensure Rugby World Cup 2015 is a true celebration of rugby for the nation and the watching world.”

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