England World Cup winner Josh Lewsey presents Webb Ellis Cup to Hong Kong school students
The trophy is in the territory as part of an international celebration of rugby in the lead up to next year’s tournament in Japan
England World Cup winner Josh Lewsey has presented the Webb Ellis Cup to students at Hong Kong’s Confucius Hall Secondary School as part of the trophy’s global tour.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour sees the Cup travel to 18 nations as part of an international celebration of rugby in the lead up to next year’s Japan World Cup.
“We’re all very lucky in terms of the amount of rugby and sport we have seen and our access to that, but you don’t know how much folks at a school like this have,” said 2003 World Cup winner Lewsey at Confucius Hall.
“When you do things like getting the trophy here like this, you tend to find they do have a disproportionate impact on young children.
“I think it’s a fantastic period, one because it’s the first World Cup ever hosted in Asia and secondly they’re taking the trophy to places like Pakistan and Nepal,” added Lewsey, who now lives in Hong Kong.
Members of the Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation’s deaf rugby programme trained alongside the trophy, which was also taken to King George V School and is on display at Saturday’s Asia Rugby Championship clash between Hong Kong and Malaysia.