Despite the dramas of the Rugby World Cup for the England team, the North once again did a fantastic job hosting visitors of the world watching the sport they love.
Thankfully, the atmosphere, excitement and camaraderie of the tournament in the North has all been captured in a photo journal called , “Inspiring a Generation”. The book, by Jude Palmer, will be launched by Sir Ian McGeechan at Taverns Headingley Stadium on Tuesday 24 November and at Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park on Wednesday 25 November, with the legend Doddie Weir.
Following the success of the official behind the Scenes Tour De France book, the Legacy and Activation Group for the RFU in the North commissioned Jude to produce a similar record of Newcastle and Leeds’ involvement in the World Cup.
Jude’s pictures convey the passion and spirit of the game, and all that took place in and around the host cities during the summer. She worked for over six months capturing the events, the people and the matches that took place in the North. The book starts its journey in July when the Webb Ellis Trophy came to the region and was taken up Scafell Pike with Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the RFU. It then goes on to tell the story of grass roots rugby, capturing some of the regions Festival of Rugby events, the clubs, the matches, action images of iconic players together with pictures of the first ever Mixed Ability World Tournament that was held in Bradford in August. Jude is not a technical photographer or even a sports photographer…but she can capture a moment! All that matters to her… a picture that tells a story with emotion and intensity– perhaps the picture that others miss in favour of the more obvious predictable shot.
Robin Wannop, Chairman of The Northern Legacy and Activation Group commented, “We were delighted when Jude said that she would produce “Inspiring a Generation” for us. As far as we are aware no other region has recorded the World Cup in their area in this way but we now have a fantastic record of how the Rugby Family came together over the summer of 2015 to enjoy all that is great about the game. Obviously we were disappointed that England didn’t go further in their cup campaign, but the tournament was a huge success in inspiring youngsters and celebrating all that is good in our local clubs where a lot of hard work goes on week in week out for everyone’s enjoyment. And with Jude’s book, we have a snapshot of just how much pleasure, friendship, emotion and enjoyment Rugby brings to so many not just in the region but across the world.”
Tuesday 24 November, Taverns Headingley Stadium at 6PM
Wednesday 25 November, Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park at 6PM