The Webb Ellis Trophy starts its Sweet Chariot National tour at Royal Air Force Cosford
TITLE:The Webb Ellis Trophy starts its Sweet Chariot National tour at Royal Air Force Cosford
DATE: 5 January 2004
LOCATION: Royal Air Force Cosford, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
CAPTION:World champion Rugby player Mike Tindall started the four month nationwide Sweet Chariot tour of the Webb Ellis Cup this morning by flying with the trophy in a Harrier jet to Royal Air Force Cosford, Wolverhampton.
The Bath Rugby and England centre flew from RAF Wittering in Lincolnshire with the precious cargo he and his team-mates won in Sydney last year.
The flight marks the beginning of the four-month-long Sweet Chariot Tour, which will see the trophy visit 290 venues.
Mike Tindall, who flew at 650mph, said: "I was delighted to be asked to start the Tour, especially in a Harrier jet and thanks to the RAF for giving me such a great experience. Taking the Webb Ellis Cup around the country will be a great chance to get more people playing and involved in rugby."
The harrier pilot, Squadron Leader Simon Jessett of 20 Squadron, RAF Wittering, said: "I am a huge rugby fan and I feel privileged to have flown Mike. I was a lot less nervous flying him than I was watching the world cup final!"
RAF Cosford Station Commander, Group Captain Chris Bushell said: "It is a great honour for RAF Cosford to be asked to participate."
PICTURED: Mike Tindall and the Webb Ellis Cup
PHOTOGRAPH BY CPL HEIDI COX RAF
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