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Webb Ellis Cup

10 Sep 2015

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Biography, Sport

Where can I find information about the William Webb Ellis Cup?

LEVEL: Intermediate

The William Webb Ellis Cup is the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup competition which is held every four years. The New Zealand All Blacks were the first winners of the Webb Ellis Cup in 1987.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable. Use your search words 'webb ellis' to find lots of info.

NZHistory is another great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website also belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

Click on: 

  1. Topics 
  2. Culture and society 
  3. Sport 
  4. 1987 Rugby World Cup 
  5. Webb Ellis Cup (at the end of the first paragraph)

For images of the Webb Ellis Cup, we recommend DigitalNZ. This website also has articles, audio and video recordings and it's easy to use. Just enter your search words 'webb ellis cup' then select from the formats along the top.  

Although, the trophy is said to be named after William Webb Ellis, a student at Rugby School in England, there appears to be no real evidence to back this up. Read more about this in the story, William Webb Ellis - fact or fiction from the BBC Sport pages. 

For current information, go to the Rugby World Cup site. Click on Trophy Tour to find out about the 100 day tour that the Webb Ellis Cup will make around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to mark the countdown to the 2015 competition

HOT TIP: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the ‘about us’ link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Another place to look is Wikipedia which has great coverage of many topics, including the Webb Ellis Cup. But you need to be aware that this information is contributed by lots of different people. If you are using this site, it always pays to check the information against that on other sites or in books from the library. To use Wikipedia simply type your keywords 'William Webb Ellis Cupinto the search box.  If you want information about William Webb Ellis himself, use those keywords instead.

Also check out our ManyAnswers entries on the First Rugby World Cup and the Rugby World Cup 2015.

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