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The Webb Ellis Cup began its journey with Emirates to Auckland on Sunday from London. Emirates’ Global Sports Ambassador and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Lawrence Dallaglio is seen here taking the trophy onboard an Emirates A380 at Heathrow Airport.
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The Webb Ellis Cup stopped over in Dubai en-route to Auckland and was photographed at the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
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The final stop for the Webb Ellis Cup on its way to Auckland was in Sydney. Nick Farr-Jones, Australia’s Rugby World Cup winning captain holds the trophy in front of the Sydney Opera House.
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Following the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup, Emirates hosted a media conference in the Emirates Lounge at Auckland International Airport. Pictured left to right - Gary Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services & dnata; Bernard Lapasset, IRB Chairman and John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
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The Webb Ellis Cup arrives in Auckland after its journey with Emirates, Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2011. Pictured left to right - Bryan Williams, New Zealand Union President and former All Black; Brian Roche, Chairman, Rugby New Zealand 2011; John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Gary Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services & dnata; Barry Brown, Emirates’ Vice President Australasia and Bernard Lapasset, IRB Chairman.
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IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset (holding the Webb Ellis Cup), Gary Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services & dnata, and Barry Brown, Emirates’ Vice President Australasia, are welcomed by a haka (traditional Maori welcome) after their arrival at Auckland International Airport.
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An Emirates Airbus A380, bearing a Rugby World Cup-themed decor, has brought the Webb Ellis Cup to Auckland ahead of the start of Rugby World Cup 2011 on September 9.