VIDEO: World Cup comes to town

Rugby union’s most prestigious prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, was at Halifax RUFC yesterday on day 56 of the Trophy Tour.

The Webb Ellis Cup has spent five days in Scotland, 10 days in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and 10 days in Wales.

Members of Halifax Ruby Union Club with the Rugby World Cup.

Members of Halifax Ruby Union Club with the Rugby World Cup.

It is spending 75 days in England before arriving at the opening ceremony for the 2015 World Cup at Twickenham on September 18.

The highlight of the day was the performance of the Halifax Magpies in their mixed ability exhibition game against the Bumbles.

There were also junior boys and girls games involving Old Brodleians and Old Crossleyans, with RFU community coaches providing support.

The Police, Fire Brigade, Pennine Magpies, Ovenden Initiative, Calder Valley Search & Rescue and Pennine Housing were also in attendance.

Halifax RUFC’s Crossbar Challenge proved popular - even new Halifax MP Holly Lynch had several attempts.

Lynch talked about the impact the tournament will have on grass roots sport.

She said: “Having played rugby union for both Lancaster University and Halifax Vandals, it’s fantastic to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup to Halifax.

“I’d encourage anyone to pick up a ball and give it a go.

“Rugby is for all shapes and sizes and as a smaller player, it certainly taught me how to pack a punch - which is serving me well in politics!”