The Rugby World Cup arrived in style at Belfast City Hall today in a bespoke Defender created by Land Rover.
Currently on a 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland, one of the world’s most recognised trophies is on display for one day only in Belfast before continuing on its travels.
Land Rover’s unique vehicle will transport the Webb Ellis Cup on it journey, with special features such as an illuminated trophy cabinet with the latest technology to control lighting and temperatures the World Cup will be visible at all times.
Belfast’s City Hall was packed full of eager rugby fans and non-fans alike to catch a glimpse and queue to get their photo taken.
Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness made an appearance to view it for himself as he is ‘sports mad’ and a big ‘rugby fan’. He is looking forward to a seeing a good performance from Ireland in the Rugby tournament.
Among special guests at City Hall was famous and recently retired racing jockey A.P. McCoy. Tony McCoy was in the city for a separate event but stopped briefly for a photograph with the Rugby World Cup before quickly ushered off.
John Edwards, Managing Director for Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division, said:
“It’s been a privilege to work on this one-off Land Rover. The Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender is the perfect showcase for the ability of our Special Vehicle Operations division to make bespoke vehicles. From the illuminated Trophy cabinet at the back to its luxury interior, every aspect of this unique and special vehicle has been carefully engineered to provide the ultimate platform for the Webb Ellis Cup as it travels around the UK.”
Land Rover’s Defender vehicle reflects the go anywhere and do anything motto as the trophy gets to day seven of the tour and will continue to visit over 300 events in 100 days, pleasing many fans along the way.
The Rugby World Cup tour started in June and will come to its climax on September 18 at the Rugby World Cup 2015 opening ceremony at Twickenham Stadium. The World Cup Final will take place on October 31.
For more information and to find out if the Rugby World Cup is coming to a place near you visit http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour