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Rugby fans given a day to remember as World Cup arrives in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 09:44 14 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:44 14 August 2015

The Rugby World Cup on show at the Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby Club in Corton.
The rugby club members young and old with the cup.

Picture: James Bass

The Rugby World Cup on show at the Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby Club in Corton. The rugby club members young and old with the cup. Picture: James Bass

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Rugby supporters got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get within touching distance of the sport's most sought-after trophy when the World Cup came to Lowestoft.

Young players give a demonstration .

Picture: James BassYoung players give a demonstration . Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Rugby Club was chosen as one of the stopping points on the 100-day trophy tour, with the community able to enjoy a morning of entertainment, rugby sessions and refreshments.

While first team players, coaching staff and potential young stars took a number of pictures with the trophy and competed part in a number of small matches, there was the chance for people who have not necessarily been involved with the game before to find out about how it works, the benefits of keeping fit and how the club is a big part of the local community.

Club president Danny Steel said: “It has been tremendous and we have been very pleased with the number of people who have come up here.

“There has been a steady queue of people who have been taking photos and we want to be part of the community and build our profile.

“The trophy itself is fantastic - it was made in 1906 so it is very Victorian and all around it, there are symbols of the countries who competed in the original tournament. That is why it has got a pineapple on top - that is for Fiji.”

The event at Gunton Park, Old Lane, Corton on Tuesday (August 11) was also attended by Waveney MP Peter Aldous, who was keen to emphasise how much good work occurs at the club on a regular basis.

“This club provides the first rung on the ladder which probably won’t lead to you running out at Twickenham, but it provides a chance to keep fit, have fun and build teamwork,” Mr Aldous said.

■ Are you hosting a community event in Lowestoft? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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