NZRU to acknowledge Webb-Ellis
NZPA
September 10, 2007

New Zealand Rugby Union president Andy Leslie will honour the man recognised as the founder of rugby, William Webb-Ellis, at Menton in the south of France.

Leslie was to unveil a plaque at the town's cemetery tonight (NZ time) at the grave of Englishman Webb-Ellis, who died there in 1872.

Leslie said the presence of the All Blacks at nearby Marseille provided an opportunity for the NZRU to recognise Webb-Ellis.

"I understand a number of national unions have laid plaques at the grave over the years and the IRB has also worked closely with the town of Menton to highlight its link with rugby union, so it is timely and appropriate to take the opportunity to recognise William Webb-Ellis while the All Blacks are here playing for the Cup which bears his name," Leslie said.

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