The Rugby World Cup is coming to Bath – help us welcome it in style

07 July 2015

The Rugby World Cup is coming to the University of Bath next week – and people are being encouraged to welcome the famous trophy in spectacular style.

Local people of all ages are being invited to celebrate the Webb Ellis Cup’s arrival at the Sports Training Village by taking part in a televised flash-mob dance.

The routine – choreographed by Fleur Hoefkens and Dan Martin – has an Antipodean feel to it in honour of the Australian national team, who will be based at the university ahead of this Autumn’s tournament.

It is on YouTube now to watch and learn, ready to perform when the trophy arrives at the Sports Training Village at 8.30am on Monday, July 13.

The dance will be filmed and could feature in the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, which is taking place from September 18 to October 31.

Participants will also have the first opportunity to see and get pictures with the Webb Ellis Cup in Bath.

The university will be the first stop on day 33 of the national Trophy Tour marking the build-up to the Rugby World Cup, with the famous silverware on display from 8.30-10.30am.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “The Rugby World Cup is a great sporting event but it is also a great cultural event too, which is something we want to celebrate.

“The flash-mob dance will be a colourful and spectacular way to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup to Bath and we hope to see plenty of people getting involved. Come along and join in the fun.”

To watch the dance routine, go to

For more information about taking part in the flash-mob dance, email Lisa Ashcroft on

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