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Saturday 10 December 2016

WEbb Ellis makes a visit to Temple Street

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The Rugby World Cup trophy has paid a visit to Temple Street Chilodren's Hospital and turned out to be just what the doctor ordered.

Young rugby fans were delighted to see the impressive Webb Ellis trophy ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September in England.

"We've had a really warm reception here and you can really see the passion of the Irish fans," said Lisa Hampton, Trophy Tour Manager.

"It's truly a chance for us to bring a bit of rugby to people who may not get to experience it or may not be able to make their way over to England come September," she said.

The trophy was on its thirteenth day of the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

"Ireland are going to win it," said, Tom Burke, (7) from Templemore, Tipperary. He added: "I'm a Munster fan and BJ Botha and Paul O'Connell are my favourite players." Tom and his family will travel to see Ireland play France in Cardiff but they "but finding accommodation is a nightmare," according to Tom's mother dfvjkhbfkfvb.

Aaron Goold, (15), from Charleville, Cork said: "I love Munster and watch all their matches on telly. The trophy is huge but we're not allowed touch it, we're only allowed look,"

Aine Nolan, (5), Cahir Tipperary: " My favourite player is Ronan O'Gara."

After visiting the hospital the cup was presented by Leinster stars Isa Nacewa and Gordon Darcy

Having spent the past six days on a journey through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Trophy's arrival into Dublin was marked by visits to the iconic Trinity College as well as St Stephen's Green. The Trophy was then hosted at World Rugby for the afternoon.

This evening the Trophy will visit the British Embassy where it will be joined by former Ireland and Lions rugby legends Keith Wood and Hugh MacNeill.

The Trophy Tour has spent five days in Scotland and is spending ten days in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, ten days in Wales and 75 days in England before arriving at the Opening Ceremony on September 18.

Old Belvedere RFC Mini Youth Teams during a special coaching session with Gordon D'Arcy and Isa Nacewa

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