Rugby and Exeter Cathedral

Rugby and Exeter Cathedral

The medieval chapel of St James had been destroyed during the Exeter Blitz and was re-built after the war. The re-built chapel contains a carved stone corbel depicting a rugby player with protective headgear holding a rugby ball, flanked by shields of Oxford University and of Exeter (picture). This commemorates a fund raising match played in 1951.

Members of the Varsity team included several internationals, among them John Kendall-Carpenter who was awarded 23 caps for England, was president of the RFU and Chairman of the organising committee for the first Rugby World Cup in 1987. He was instrumental in the choice of a 1906 cup (silver, gilded in gold) from Garrards, London which went on to be named the Webb-Ellis Cup.

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