The 2015 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (3rd – 6th September) will not only welcome elite equestrian athletes this year. Land Rover, title sponsor of the Horse Trials and a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015 will be introducing another sporting great to the event.
On Friday 4th September the Rugby World Cup Trophy – the Webb Ellis Cup – will be onsite at Burghley, as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, which is currently visiting towns, villages, clubs and schools across the UK and Ireland, as part of a 100 day tour. The Tour will culminate on 18th September at the Rugby World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony.
Spectators at Burghley will have the chance to get up close and personal with the famous Trophy and see the bespoke Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender, which has been carrying it on its journey around the UK and Ireland, and Land Rover ambassador and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Jason Robinson OBE will also be present for this occasion.
Local children will also have the opportunity to audition to become a Rugby World Cup 2015 mascot – the last chance for 7-13 year olds to win the opportunity to run out onto the pitch with one of the teams. Auditions will take place on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September and youngsters will be invited to visit the Land Rover Experience area and complete one of three tasks: sing their national anthem, offer a piece of advice they would give to the Captain before he runs out for Rugby World Cup 2015, or say how they would welcome a visiting team to England for the Tournament.
The prize for the two lucky chosen mascots will include two tickets to a Rugby World Cup 2015 match (mascot plus parent or guardian), official Rugby World Cup 2015 mascot kit and of course the opportunity to walk out onto the pitch with a captain for a Rugby World Cup 2015 match.
The final rugby-themed element of this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials comprises a bespoke cross country fence, created by Burghley’s eminent course designer Captain Mark Philips. The final design is still under wraps and will only be unveiled in the run up to the event.
Elizabeth Inman, Director of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials said: “There is great synergy between Eventing and Rugby: two of the toughest sports on the planet, both requiring determination, focus and agility. It is fitting that we are able to acknowledge both sports at Land Rover Burghley in this Rugby World Cup year.
“At Burghley we always strive to offer our visitors a unique experience that goes beyond the equestrian competition and this is certainly it. To be hosting the Webb Ellis Cup is a huge honour, while many visiting youngsters will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to audition to be Rugby World Cup 2015 mascots.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Webb Ellis Cup’s visit to Burghley and Land Rover’s rugby-themed activities across the four day event, including the mascot recruitment, should visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk or follow @LandRover_UK on twitter.