Palmerston North's Rugby Museum has hit the jackpot by having the four world cups for the duration of the school holidays.
Kids were yesterday poring over the cups securely encased in their glass display cabinets, especially the men's Webb Ellis Cup.
The others are the women's World Cup, which will be contested in France next year and which only New Zealand's Black Ferns have won, and the two sevens world cups, The Melrose Cup for men and the other for the women.
The trophies have been residing at the New Zealand Rugby Union headquarters in Wellington and museum director Stephen Berg booked them for the holidays.
"To have all four of them at the same time is unheard of," Mr Berg said. "All four might never be won by one country again.
"When we found out they had all four, we thought it was a cool little opportunity to do something special."
The only one New Zealand doesn't have is the Junior World Cup, which was won by England in France earlier this year.
After the museum display, the trophies are being sent to the International Rugby Board headquarters in Dublin to promote the next tournament.
"The [men's] World Cup mightn't be back for 24 years," Mr Berg said. That's because it was 24 years between the All Blacks' first win in 1987 and the second in 2011, both at Auckland.
The men's World Cup has twice previously been at the museum. In January, the museum had the Bledisloe Cup and The Rugby Championship trophy.
There are two men's World Cups in existence. One stays at Dublin and the cup in the museum is the one presented to Richie McCaw at Eden Park in 2011.
The sevens trophies were won in Moscow in June.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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