World and Bledisloe cups on show in Kilbirnie

It may not seem like it, but 365 days have already passed since Richie McCaw lifted up the Webb Ellis Cup after winning last year’s Rugby World Cup.

While a record breaking season is still in progress – they need one more consecutive test win to equal the record of 17 straight wins by a top tier nation – their trophy cabinet is already bulging.

McCaw and the All Blacks beat out Australia to win this year’s Bledisloe Cup, and just two weeks ago clinched the very first Investec Rugby Championship Cup in their showstopping performance against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

To celebrate, the spoils of victory will be on display in Kilbirnie today for all to see – the very first time the three trophies will be displayed together.

Members of the public will be able to get right up close to the three trophies when they are displayed at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie between 11am and 1.30pm today.

While the 38 centimetre Webb Ellis Cup may be dwarfed by the Bledisloe Cup – the largest trophy in world rugby – it will certainly attract the most attention, even alongside the shiny new Rugby Championship Cup which the All Blacks were the first to have their name inscribed on.

With school kids on holiday, those keen to get their picture taken with the most coveted trophies in rugby are advised to arrive promptly, and with cameras completely charged.

The Dominion Post