London based goldsmiths and silversmiths, Thomas Lyte, has once again been entrusted with the care and restoration of the Webb Ellis Cup.
The antique trophy was originally made in 1906 but only presented for the first time in 1987 when the Rugby World Cup was held in New Zealand. Since that time, the trophy has been lifted by the winning captains of only four different countries, including Martin Johnson of England in 2003.
The trophy, crafted from solid sterling silver and 24 carat gold plate, will be lifted by the winning captain of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on 31st October.
Nicola Alesbrook, Rugby World Cup tournament manager said: “Rugby World Cup Limited has worked closely with Thomas Lyte for many years over a number of projects, most importantly in relation to the Webb Ellis Cup ensuring it is maintained in the best possible condition at all times.
“Thomas Lyte has always provided exceptional levels of service, going out of their way to assist with any request in any given timeframe. The skilled silversmiths have always taken enormous pride in the work they undertake on the Webb Ellis Cup.”
The London workshops at Thomas Lyte are responsible for designing and making trophies across the globe for the most recognised sporting competitions including the FA Cup, the RBS Six Nations trophy, the Barclays ATP World Tour trophy and the European Champions and Challenge Cup.
In January 2015 Her Majesty The Queen appointed a Royal Warrant to Thomas Lyte as goldsmith and silversmith to the Royal Household.
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