Emirates has carried the Webb Ellis Cup in Tokyo forward of the Rugby International Cup.
The silver-gilt trophy, offered because the inaugural Rugby International Cup event in 1987, was once transported on Emirates flight EK318 from Dubai to Tokyo, arriving to a champion’s welcome.
The Dubai-based airline is the global spouse of the development.
On landing within the host nation of Japan, former International Rugby gamers of the yr, Bryan Habana and Shane Williams, stepped out of the Emirates A380 airplane to offer the coveted trophy to Japan’s establishing committee.
The handover takes position simply previous to the 100-day countdown to kick-off of Rugby International Cup 2019 in Japan on September 20th.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates divisional senior vp, company communications, advertising and emblem, mentioned: “Rugby International Cup is without doubt one of the global’s biggest main carrying occasions and greater than 1.eight million enthusiasts are anticipated to wait the event in Japan over a six-week length, with over one 3rd constituted of global enthusiasts – the biggest ever quantity within the event’s historical past.
“With any such world target audience, we see Rugby International Cup 2019 in Japan as a super platform to percentage the affection for rugby and convey communities in combination.”
To lend a hand be sure that jet-setting rugby enthusiasts don’t omit any of the Rugby International Cup motion, Emirates can be screening the contest’s suits reside within the air on its devoted in-flight sports activities channel, Game 24, to be had at the airline’s award-winning in-flight leisure machine, ice.
International Rugby leader govt, Brett Gosper, added: “It’s at all times a unique second when the well-known Webb Ellis Cup arrives within the host nation forward of a Rugby International Cup, and these days marks a historical second for rugby as for the primary time the event will happen in Asia.
“We thank international spouse of Rugby International Cup 2019, Emirates, for making sure the graceful arrival of this valuable piece of silverware into Tokyo.”