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Rugby League World Cup trophy coming Preston

Posted on - 3rd January, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Rugby League World Cup trophy Pic: Leeds Library and Information Service
The Rugby World Cup Trophy Pic: Leeds Library and Information Service

The Rugby League World Cup trophy is coming to the Harris.

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The Paul Barrière trophy is touring the country ahead of England hosting the World Cup tournament in 2021.

The cup has been fitted with a GPS tracker, and fans can use the trophy tracker website to check its real-time location.

The tracker should also ensure the trophy, which weighs 25kg, doesn’t go missing again – as it did for 20 years after it was stolen in 1970.

The cup has been restored ahead of the 2021 tournament, including the re-creation of a cockerel adornment that went missing in the 1960s. It now looks exactly as it did when it was commissioned for the inaugural Rugby League World Cup back in 1954.

The newly restored Paul Barrière trophy, complete with cockerel
The newly restored Paul Barrière trophy, complete with cockerel

Councillor Peter Kelly, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Preston City Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see the Rugby League World Cup trophy as it was originally imagined and to learn more of the unsolved sporting mysteries surrounding its existence.

“It is free for everyone to see and will certainly generate even more interest in Rugby League and its heritage ahead of the 2021 World Cup.”

Read more: Preston competes to be Rugby League World Cup training camp

The trophy will be on display at the Harris from Monday 7 January to Sunday 13 January. Specially created photography artwork will also be on show in the Harris café.

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