During the first part of the trip in Hong Kong, the Trophy visited King George V School before Dallaglio embarked on the latest instalment of the Least Driven Path, taking the Webb Ellis Cup on a tour of Hong Kong’s most iconic locations, including Lantau Island’s picturesque Inspiration Lake, the busy Canton Road and Mount Davis.
The Tour then headed to Shanghai where Dallaglio escorted the Trophy to Shanghai Rugby Football Club. Here Dallaglio helped run a training session for 70 children from a number of local schools, whilst sharing some Rugby tips and insights with local coaches.
As part of the visit to Shanghai RFC, Jaguar Land Rover China also launched a ground-breaking initiative, which will use the values that Rugby teaches to help up to four thousand Chinese children in Shanghai’s inner city areas. The Land Rover China Youth Rugby Development Programme, established under the ‘Sports for All’ pillar of The Jaguar Land Rover China Children & Youth Dream Fund, will work with local partners, including teachers and coaches, to access vulnerable young people and deliver improved access to educational resources, sports training, English instruction and personal and life skills training.
“As part of Land Rover's Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, we're driving round some of Hong Kong's most iconic locations. It's a real opportunity for everyone to share this amazing experience in the build to Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. There's no doubt that everywhere the Webb Ellis Cup goes excitement is starting to build. Rugby is a developing sport in China but the excitement is definitely building.
“In Shanghai we went to Dulwich College where we met some of the young children who are playing rugby, who are excited about the Trophy. It went down very well with the pupils!
“At Shanghai RFC, Land Rover has launched a scheme called the Land Rover China Youth Rugby Development Programme, which is about introducing the children to the game of rugby. Sport and particularly rugby has the power to change the lives of young children. The values of the game are particularly relevant to helping young children in terms of teamwork, respect, discipline and clearly enjoyment.”
Land Rover is proudly supporting the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, which is taking the Webb Ellis Cup to 15 countries as part of a celebration of Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015. On the tenth leg, Land Rover ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio visited China, where he was reunited with the iconic Trophy he lifted with England in 2003.