The Webb Ellis Trophy visits Auckland ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2011

Quay Law principal Ian Mellett up close to the Web Ellis Cup, Rugby World CupThe Webb Ellis Cup, is the main prize of the Rugby World Cup.   The trophy is named after William Web Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of rugby football.

The trophy is silver gilt and has been presented to the winner of the world cup since the first competition in 1987.

It has been held by Australia (twice, in 1991 and 1999),and South Africa (twice, in 1995 and 2007) with New Zealand and England each holding the trophy once, in 1987 and 2003 respectively.

The illustrious rugby trophy, last won by the All Blacks in 1987, was visiting Auckland on its nationwide tour ahead of next year’s World Cup tournament in New Zealand.

Ian Mellett and his family got to take a glimps of the silverware ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2011.