Peace Cup making flying visit

Andrew Young has brought the Peace Cup to Cambridge so locals can see the silverware.

It’s ironic that the Peace Cup looks like it’s been to a war zone.  Now safely ensconced in a Perspex display box, the cup has been thrown from a train, dragged behind a bus, and probably been left in its fair share of pubs over the years.  Started in 1920, the cup will be marking its centenary in two years, so Andrew Young, chair of the Te Awamutu Rugby Club, is taking it on a roadie around the region and further afield leading up to the milestone.

Cambridge has won the cup just once in its history, back in 1970.  Andrew said competition was fierce for the Peace Cup in its heyday, with whole towns coming to a standstill while the game was underway.

The Peace Cup put in an appearance at the Leamington Rugby Club’s annual fishing competition on Sunday, and after a brief stay in Cambridge it will be travelling to Morrinsville, Thames and beyond.  In May, the cup will travel to the New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North where it will be part of the Rugby Jamboree, a two-day event celebrating all things rugby.

Locals will have the chance to see the Peace Cup in person at the Information Centre until February 26.

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