With Rugby World Cup 2015 now committed to memory, the day that the Webb Ellis Trophy came to The Lensbury will long be remembered by all who were here to see it. A glorious late summer day saw the golden cup arrive on its now famous Land Rover to a genuine buzz of excitement.
To celebrate the day, The Lensbury had chosen to showcase support for Grassroots Rugby by organising a coaching session with former England great Phil Greening, putting some 35 local school children through their paces. “That was a great run out,” said Greening afterwards. “There were some good little players out there today; some had obviously played the game before, while it was new to others. The whole point of today was to show them the skills and then give them the basics of how to use them. Like all sports it’s best to begin young and let those skills develop.”
The Lensbury General Manager Ivor Turner added. “We are used to looking after Elite players and athletes but it’s always important that a sport attracts its next generation of players and Rugby World Cup 2015 will certainly do just that. At The Lensbury we are delighted to play our part. We’d like to thank Phil for all of his hard work in making this happen, and hope that such expert tuition goes a long way to helping some of these kids take-up the game.”
Greening afterwards took to the stage with the inspirational former GB Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Captain Steve Brown, for a fascinating Q&A session. While this went on members, guests and The Lensbury staff managed to get their pictures taken up close and personal with the Webb Ellis Cup.
The day ended with more photographs and a barbecue, and it was a pretty unanimous response when the pupils of Collis School were asked as to how good the day had been.
A rating of 100 out of 10 makes perfect sense when you are eight-and-three-quarters.