Webb Ellis Cup calling in at Crediton tonight (Wednesday) as part of World War One memorial match

The rugby world cup will be guest of honour at a special commemoration match between Crediton and Barnstaple tonight (Wednesday).

Crediton RFC will have the famous Webb Ellis Cup on display at the same time as a recreation of a World War One rugby match between soldiers from Barnstaple and Crediton 100 years ago.

It took place in India while troops from the Devon towns were stationed there, with Barum winning 12-0.

“This is a unique opportunity and to have the Webb Ellis Cup on the day and to commemorate this event is very special,” said Devon RFU chairman David Butt.

“We will play the game with young men who are roughly the same age as the territorials were and no doubt several of them are the ancestors of many local families whose sons went to war.

“It is a fitting tribute to those who served in the war and to a piece of Devon rugby history.”

Kick off is at 6pm and the cup is on display from 6.30-8.30pm. A school tag rugby festival is being held from 4pm.