Rugby World Cup to go on show in town

The Web Ellis Cup
The Web Ellis Cup

Rugby’s biggest prize – the Webb Ellis Cup – is coming to Cupar this Saturday (June 13) as part of the Rugby Cup 2015 tour.

The impressive trophy will be on display from 9am to 10.30am at Howe of Fife’s Rugby Club’s ground at Duffus Park.

The Rugby World Cup Trophy Team will be there too, along with former Scotland captain Chris Paterson, representatives from the Scottish Rugby Union and guests, including 1960s’ Scotland international and Howe member Dave Rollo.

Also making an appearance will be Lochie, the Scotland team mascot, who will no doubt be keeping a keen eye on the schools’ tournament.

A big turnout of enthusiasts and locals is expected for the event, which will be one of only five official stops on a three-day tour of Scotland.

Extra parking is to be provided at Bell Baxter High School and at the field on the Perth road next to Kilmaron School.

The Howe is organising a buffet lunch in its Provost Wynd clubhouse to tie in with the visit of the cup. Anyone wanting to book should visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/howeoffife

Club president Bill Robertson said: “It’s a great honour to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup to Duffus Park, and I’m sure the sporting community of the town will be thrilled to take part in such a prestigious event.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share in the excitement of Rugby World Cup 2015.”

Dave Rollo, who was capped for Scotland 40 times, said he was really looking forward to seeing the trophy and watching the under-16s sevens competition.

“I’m proud that the Howe has been chosen as one of the hosts and believe it is a measure of the esteem in which the club is held.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get youngsters from across Fife involved in the game.”

The club hopes to start work on its new pavilion at Duffus Park following the visit of the cup. It is expected construction will take about 10 months to complete.

Designed to be a community sports facility, the pavilion will have changing rooms, a cafe, fitness suites and social facilities.

To date, the club has secured well over £1 million for the project, including some £100,000 through its own fundraising efforts.

Last month, the club, which has 250 children on its books, received £60,000 towards the project from the Scottish Rugby Union.

In recent weeks, the Howe has collected the last monthly club award of the season.

In addition, Chris Mason won the BT National League Division 2 Player of the Season Scottish rugby club award.