Wasps time capsule takes up residence in rugby's birthplace - The Rugby Observer

Wasps time capsule takes up residence in rugby's birthplace

Andy Morris 4th Oct, 2017   0

THE 150-YEAR history of Wasps Rugby Club has taken pride of place in the birthplace of the game.

A time capsule packed full of Wasps memorabilia has been handed over to the town’s World Rugby Hall of Fame for future generations to discover.

Placed in the rugby museum to mark the club’s 150th anniversary season, it will remain sealed for another 150 years.

The time capsule contains a signed replica shirt, a team photo, a match day programme and a letter from Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood.

A copy of Wasps’ 150th anniversary commemorative book has also been donated to the Hall of Fame

The time capsule is now on display at the Hall of Fame, with instructions for it to be opened when Wasps celebrate their 300th anniversary in the 2167/68 season.

The handover of the time capsule also marks the beginning of the Hall of Fame becoming a Wasps Community Partner, enabling Wasps fans to take advantage of special offers via the club’s Buzz Points loyalty programme.

Formed in 1867, the club relocated from London to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in 2014.

Nick Eastwood said: “While this season enables us to reflect on the club’s proud history, we are now very much a Coventry and Warwickshire club, and donating a time capsule to the World Rugby Hall of Fame allows us to look forward and celebrate that.

“The capsule comes with instructions for it to be opened at the beginning of Wasps’ season in the year 2167 when they celebrate their 300th anniversary.

“The capsule’s contents reflect the celebratory mood of our 150th anniversary, and will enable future generations of rugby fans to see what the club was like in 2017 compared to their present day 150 years from now.

“The World Rugby Hall of Fame is a fitting place for the time capsule to sit. It is a fantastic asset for the local area – honouring players and administrators who have developed the game through exceptional achievements – so we are delighted to be working with them as an official partner.”

The Hall of Fame is a collaboration between rugby union’s governing body, World Rugby, and Rugby Borough Council, and is located in the heart of Rugby town centre.

Coun Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “Wasps are an ambitious, forward-looking club, but are rightly proud of their history and heritage, just as we are here at the birthplace of the game.

“We are pleased to be entering into this partnership that will see the World Rugby Hall of Fame promoted to fans throughout this historic 150th anniversary season.”

World Rugby’s chairman Bill Beaumont, also a Hall of Fame inductee, said: “For any club to be celebrating its 150th anniversary is a remarkable achievement and a credit to the generations of players, supporters and administrators who have kept it going down through the years. So I congratulate Wasps for reaching this important milestone.

“The idea of installing a time capsule filled with Wasps memorabilia in the Hall of Fame is a great one and will no doubt add another interesting element to the interactive and immersive exhibition.

“As a locally based club, it is great to see this relationship between Wasps and the Hall of Fame developing and we urge Wasps supporters and all rugby fans in the region to head along to Rugby where the game first started and visit this important site for the sport.”

Visit www.worldrugby.org/halloffame for more information.

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